WE ARE REOPENING ON 1ST OF JUNE FOR URGENT CARE
For many of you our clinic is an important part of your health care and well-being and we understand how hard it is to function properly when you are in pain. Following our associations and governmental guidelines we are now able to offer clinic appointments for those of you who are struggling. After a long period of closure due to COVID-19, we will be reopening our clinic doors on the 1st of June 2020 for urgent appointments.
In order to protect the welfare of our patients, staff and the wider community, in relation to COVID-19, we undertook a thorough risk assessment. A number of “medium” to “high” risks were found in this assessment and we implemented strategies to mitigate these risks. At Omagh Chiropractic Clinic we believe we have successfully reduced these to “low risk” and so have made the decision to reopen.
For the full risk assessment of how we mitigated the risk of COVID-19 click here.
For a shortened summary of the changes we are making see below:
1 All treatments are based on an appointment only basis. All patients will be screened for COVID-19 infection risk before they attend. Signs are in place not to enter if suffering from any Flu like symptoms. We also recommend patients can complete the NHS symptom checker BEFORE attending the clinic https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/
2 Patients will sanitise their hands on entry to the building.
3 Patients will be encouraged to pay for their appointment using contactless card payment.
4 The practitioner will be utilising Protective Personal Equipment where appropriate and will have sanitised all surfaces before the patient enters the treatment room. If the patient or practitioner prefers, the practitioner may also use a mask.
5 Patients will not get changed before their appointment. No fabric towels or bench covers will be used. Only disposable tissues and wipe-clean materials.
6 After your appointment the practitioner may ask you to schedule another appointment at reception. Reception will have a sneeze guard in place. Patients will be encouraged to stand infront of this guard when interacting with reception. The patient will be encouraged to then sanitise their hands and leave the clinic. Full hand washing facilities including running water and soap are provided in the washrooms as normal.
7 Patients appointments will be scheduled with extra time. This will allow staff more time for cleaning and it will minimise patient to patient interaction. If this does occur strict social distancing will be encouraged.
8 The practitioner will then change and dispose of their single-use PPE into special clinical waste bins.
9 At the end of a morning or afternoon shift the entire clinic will undergo a deep clean and ventilation.
10 The first hour of each morning or afternoon will be reserved for patients who are deemed more vulnerable and at higher risk of COVID 19 complications as these are deemed the lowest risk times of day (following a deep clean of the clinic from the previous shift)
11 The practitioner will not travel to work on public transport and they will have separate work clothes which they will change into when they arrive to work. They will then change out of these clothes before they leave work.
12 There are Public Health Association posters all around clinic re-iterating how to minimise infection risk.
We appreciate your support in maintaining these high hygiene standards. The health and well-being of our patients and staff continues to be our highest priority.