The British Acupuncture Council have set out specific criteria for a phased return to normal practice. We are currently in phase 3 "Urgent care & high needs". This means that we can treat any conditions such as: pain related conditions, mental or emotional health issues, fertility treatments to name a few. Each situation is assessed on its own merit so please get in touch if you are unsure.
In order to receive treatment, you must be able to meet all of the criteria below. If you are able to do this you can either contact me directly or book an appointment online. Any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.
SCREENING FOR TREATMENT
You must answer NO to all of these questions:
1) Have you had a fever within the last 7 days
2) Do you have a persistent dry cough (coughing for more than an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hrs, or a worsening pre-existing cough)
3) Have you been in contact with anyone in the last 14 days who has been diagnosed with Covid-19 or coronavirus-type symptoms.
4) Have you been advised to stay home and self isolate or self quarantine
5) Do you have any other symptoms that could mean that you have a Covid-19 infection
6) Have you been categorised as HIGH RISK or clinically vulnerable (criteria below)
You will be asked these questions again in clinic and asked to sign a consent form to confirm your answers.
HIGH RISK CATEGORISATION
had an organ transplant
having any treatments for cancer
had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past 6 months or still taking immunosuppressant medicine
told by a doctor that you have a severe lung condition (such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD)
have a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID or sickle cell)
taking medicine that makes you more likely to get infections (such as high dose steroids)
Pregnant and have serious heart condition
MODERATE RISK CATEGORISATION
70 or older
have a lung condition that is not severe (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis)
have heart disease (such as heart failure)
have chronic kidney disease
have liver disease (such as hepatitis)
have a condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy)
have a condition that means you have a high risk of getting infections
taking medicine that can affect the immune system (such as low doses of steroids)
BMI of 40 or above
Clinic Procedures during your appointment
BEFORE your appointment
Please read through the screening criteria again to ensure that you are not at risk of covid-19. You will be asked to sign a consent form when you arrive at clinic.
This form can be found here and can be printed and completed before your appointment should you wish to use your own pen etc.
ARRIVAL AT CLINIC
Please ensure that you arrive at the time of your appointment and not before. Where possible doors will be left open to avoid the need to contact door handles, however please use your elbow if you do need to open doors or ask for assistance on your arrival.
Before entering the treatment room, please wash your hands in the bathroom designated for clients. You will find disposable paper hand towels for drying your hands and hand sanitiser gel also.
You should bring a mask with you or one can be provided in clinic.
All soft fabrics have been removed and replaced with wipeable coverings including the pillow cases. No towels or blankets will be used during treatments instead we will be using disposable towels and all hand washing will be done with paper towels. You are welcome to bring your own towel should you wish.
CONSULTATION & TREATMENT
During the consultation we will maintain 2 metres social distancing & all chairs in the treatment room are cleaned in between clients.
During the treatment itself it will not be possible to maintain the 2 metres social distancing, therefore I will be wearing a mask/visor for our protection when in close proximity. I will remove myself from the room whilst you relax and your will be provided with a bell to press for assistance.
We encourage the use of contactless where possible as the limit has been increased to £45.
Cash will still be acceptable for those who do not have contactless or cards.