COVID-19 PROCEDURES – UPDATE July 19th 2021
Despite the government removing formal and legal restrictions as of 19th July 2021 I will continue to follow the advice of my professional association, The Sports Massage Association. This states that “As a therapist you have a professional duty of care and it is mandatory for you to treat your clients, safely, effectively and professionally. This is legislated in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974”.
Considering the current rate of infection in the local area and to maintain the safety of all my clients, other users of the clinic and myself, the current Covid-19 protocol will remain in place. These are the key points, see below for further details.
- Therapist in Full PPE
- Therapist twice weekly lateral flow testing
- Client in mask/face covering
- Ventilation during and after
- High levels of cleaning
- Hygiene protocols – hand sanitizer
- Clean linen for each client
- Pre-Screening Form prior to every appointment
Note change regarding Clinic 33 Reception area:
- Reception use at client’s own risk – other Clinic 33 users and therapists are being given the choice of whether to wear a mask. You may wish to chose to wait outside or arrive just before your appointment time.
I thank you for your understanding and compliance, which allows me to continue treating you in the safest possible way.
As you would expect some changes have been made in view of Covid-19. These have been made with guidance from the Government, my professional association, The Sports Massage Association, and my insurance company. They aim to keep you and me as safe as possible at this tricky time.
A full risk assessment has been carried out, reviewed, and is updated regularly. This has impacted the cleaning, hand washing and hygiene procedures which have been put into place.
All clients are required to complete a COVID-19 Screening form prior to their appointment. This is to comply with insurance and Public Health England guidance. No treatment will be provided if the form has not been completed and returned. Clients are required to wear a mask for the duration of their appointment.
As normal I ask that you do NOT attend your appointment if you feel unwell in any way (including colds, coughs, tummy bugs etc); but especially if you have Covid-19 symptoms (temperature, cough, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, sore throat, head ache and snotty nose, etc). Your appointment can be re-arranged for when you feel well again.
The treatment room, all equipment and myself will be kept clean and sanitized. Extra time has been allowed between appointments for everything to be cleaned down and the room ventilated. All linen (couch cover and towels) will be replaced after each client and washed professionally.
I will be wearing a mask, visor, apron and gloves during your appointment and you will wear a mask throughout too. This provides each other with protection. You will not notice the gloves and they do not have any negative effect on your treatment.
Your details may be released to NHS Test and Trace, for contact tracing if required. The Government QR code is displayed in the treatment room for you to scan in.
Social distancing will be maintained where possible and the avoidance of extended periods of face to face conversation. Pre appointment consultation takes place by phone or video call and home care may be sent via email after the appointment.
Full details will be sent to you when you book your appointment. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.
Keep safe and well x