The Abbots Langley clinic is scheduled to reopen on 1st June at 9am 2020.
However, as you are probably aware, there will be some significant changes as a result of the current health crisis.
Following guidance from the Osteopathic councils, procedural changes will be implemented following our risk assessments in order to maintain the safety, health and welfare of our patients, staff and practitioners and mitigate risks due to Covid.
These procedures involve the Practitioners wearing disposable apron, disposable gloves, fluid resistant mask. All treatment tables are with a single-use disposable couch cover and below this the plinth cover which is sanitised / disinfected after every use. Patients must wear a mask to appointments and will be asked to purchase one (£1.50) if they don’t come with one.
Procedurally, patients will be asked to remain in their car / outside of their car in the street/carpark and not to enter the waiting room. The receptionist will call you or indicate to you from the entrance that we are ready for you and to follow their instructions and you will be taken to the treatment room directly. This is to avoid using the waiting room and maintaining social distancing as much as possible as per the governement guidlines.
Patients will not be allowed to bring any other family member / friend into the clinic unless required (ie chaperone) and pre-authorised by the receptionist. Patients that may not be offered treatment may include those that fall under the severe and moderate risk categories on the shielded / vulnerable list of patients as indicated by the government (see https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus/shielded-patient-list)
The receptionist will be screening all patients and asking about and recent medical symptoms related to Covid-19 for them and the people they are isolating with. These symptoms include the following (but there may be additional signs)
Flu-like symptoms (fever ≥37.8°C)
and / or
persistent cough (with or without mucus/sputum)
and / or
other reported symptoms of Covid including hoarseness, nasal discharge or congestion, shortness of breath, sore throat, wheezing, sneezing, etc.
Loss of sense of smell and taste.
If you or anyone you are isolating with are experiencing these symptoms or have been diagnosed with / suspect that you have coronavirus, you are advised not to book or attend the clinic and you should remain at home for 14 days from the onset of your symptoms.
Thank you for your cooperation, patience and understanding in advance and I look forward to seeing you soon back in the clinic.