COVID-19 and patient safety
Last updated on July 18th, 2021
Chiropractors and other medical services were specifically exempt from The Health Protections Regulations (Coronavirus Restrictions) that came into effect on 26th March 2020. British Chiropractic Association advice has been more prescriptive and restrictive than the Government’s instructions. However, from 15th June we were able to resume risk assessed face-to-face consultations for all cases including routine / maintenance cases.
As registered health and care professionals, chiropractors have been permitted to remain open throughout the lockdown periods to provide care for patients, and patients have been permitted to travel to and from a chiropractor. Statutory Instrument 350 (Part 3, item 37 on page 10) and Statutory Instrument 1200 (Part 3, item 47 on page 32).
England moves to step 4 of the roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions on July 19th.
Health and care settings must continue to maintain appropriate infection prevention and control processes as necessary, and so chiropractors will be required to continue to wear PPE in line with the Department of Health and Social Care Infection Prevention and Control guidelines.
Throughout the pandemic, we have endeavoured to make the clinic as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. COVID-19 has not disappeared, and the number of cases is currently rising. With this in mind, we will not be reducing any of the measures we have in place at this time. This includes requesting that patients continue to wear a mask or face covering.
Wearing a face covering will reduce your risk and the risk to others. This is especially important in our clinical environment where we provide a close contact service and frequently treat patients that would be considered clinically vulnerable to COVID-19.
Even if you find wearing a mask frustrating, please help minimise the chance of spreading this virus, so that we can stay at work and continue to help you.
We are open for all cases including routine / maintenance cases and new patients
If you or anyone you live with has symptoms:
High temperature – your chest or back feel hot (you don’t need to measure your temperature)
New, continuous cough – coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell.
Then do not come in and make sure you’re Self Isolating according to Government Guidance.
Consider the risk to you and others:
In some cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19) the symptoms and complications are severe or even fatal. The safest place during this pandemic is at home. Every time you leave your home you increase the risk of catching or transmitting Covid-19. Please reflect on this before coming.
Everyone should consider the risk versus benefit of receiving treatment. People who previously received a letter from the NHS to shield because they were clinically extremely vulnerable should strongly consider the potential risks. If you, or someone you live with, receives another shielding notification, then you should not receive face-to-face chiropractic treatment.
There’s also a larger group of people who are at moderate risk from coronavirus. These are people who:
Are aged over 70
Are seriously overweight with a BMI of 40 or above (check at home if unsure)
Have a long-term lung condition (such as COPD, bronchitis or emphysema)
Have chronic heart, kidney or liver disease
Have chronic neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease or MS)
Have problems with your spleen (e.g. sickle cell)
Have a weak immune system (e.g. HIV, AIDS, steroids, immunosuppressants or chemotherapy)
DO NOT COME IF YOU SHOULD BE SELF ISOLATING DUE TO CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS.
Speak to your chiropractor before coming if you, or someone you live with, is clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus.
Consider your personal risk factors before coming (e.g. aged 70 plus). We need to know that you have weighed up the risks of leaving home with the benefit or necessity to receive treatment.
We’ve made a number of changes to the clinic to help with social distancing, ensure strict hygiene standards, and protect one another using Personal Protective Equipment.
We are doing all that we reasonably can to minimise your risk of exposure to Coronavirus. However, we cannot guarantee that there is no risk to you as a result of attending the clinic and/or receiving treatment.
You will be required to sign a COVID-19 Consent form before continuing your treatment.
Please click below to take you to the consent form, print it out, then sign and bring it to your first treatment back with us.