Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for Patients attending Wellcome Back Chiropractic Clinic
In light of current events we have put together some advice for all our patients and their appointments.
SHOULD I ATTEND MY APPOINTMENT?
Do NOT attend if:-
- If you have flu-like symptoms, persistent cough and/ or fever
- If you have been in contact with anyone who has confirmed COVID-19 or you suspect they have it.
- If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild.
- If you have travelled to any of the affected places and returned in February or March 2020, you should self-isolate, even if you have no symptoms, and use the 111 online Coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
- We ask those who are vulnerable to stay at home and cancel your appointment.
This group includes those who are:
- aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
- under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
- those who are pregnant
Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:
- People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
- People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
If you need to cancel your appointment as a result of this, we will waive any cancellation fee and organise another appointment for you when you are no longer at risk of passing on infection.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
- We will be checking on every patient's recent travel/holidays before commencing treatment.
- We have removed covers from the treatment table and will wipe it down with soapy water or disinfectant wipes between patients.
- We have escalated our cleaning regime and are wiping all surfaces, handles etc with disinfectant regularly throughout the day.
- Clinicians are maintaining their practice of hand washing between patients.
- We ask that you thoroughly wash your hands prior to treatment.
- We have replaced towels with single use paper hand towels.
- Where possible we will treat you through your clothes.
- We have removed magazines etc from the waiting area.
For now, and in accordance with government guidance, we are operating as normal. In the event of having to close the clinic and for patients who do not wish to, or are unable to, attend face-to-face appointments, we are planning on offering telephone or video consultations. Whilst this is clearly not the same as an appointment in clinic, it will enable us to assess your symptoms and give you appropriate advice and exercises to help you until we can see you in clinic.
We are in the stages of planning this and the possibility of online yoga/ movement classes for all patients to keep the movement going at home.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation at this challenging time.
Rebecca Johnson & Justin Holmes McTimoney Chiropractors