Our Policy and Advice to Patients on COVID- 19
The situation and advice about this outbreak is ever changing and fast moving. We advise above all else to try to get your information from official, science based sources and to avoid hearsay on social media. The media has made this the most discussed public health crisis ever. This has the effect of making it difficult to discern fact from fiction.
We advise our patients to follow the:
Public Health Agency – https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/
When looking for guidance regarding Covid-19. Thus we ask that those who have travelled to the UK from specific locations identified by PHE must not visit our clinic for treatment for at least a week following their arrival in the UK even if they are symptom free. Those that do have symptoms such as a persistent cough and a fever should limit all social interactions.
Please also refer to the UK Governmental site if you have any questions about when or whether you should be limiting social interactions or self isolating
Furthermore, if you have reason to believe that you have been in close contact with someone who has Covid 19/Coronavirus, you should call your GP or, if you feel it’s more urgent, NHS 111 and follow the guidance provided.
If following Public health agency or NHS guidance requires you to self-isolate or implement social distancing, please contact us to let us know. Under these circumstances you must not attend our clinic.
Good practice when trying to avoid the spread disease includes the following:
*Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze*
*Put used tissues in the bin immediately*
*Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available*
*Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell*
To read the full advice, guidance and information please follow this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
What we are doing to ensure that you are safe when you visit us
All of our staff are fully updated and we follow these procedures as a matter of course:
- We have hand sanitisers in Reception and in every treatment room, we encourage you to use them as well.
- We have paper towels in the bathroom – please use to dry your hands and discard in the bin.
- We have several tissue boxes available throughout the clinic, please use a tissue if you do need to sneeze (some people just have cold!) and bin it immediately.
- We have air purifiers in Reception and the treatment rooms.
- Hand washing: our therapists wash their hands with soap before and after all procedures. They also use hand sanitisers.
- Broken skin is covered with a waterproof dressing.
- Bench Cleaning – after each treatment per patient, the treatment table is cleaned with a spray that is effective against viruses as well as bacteria.
- Cleaning reception: We are regularly cleaning all surfaces that may contacted by patients including seat handles and card payment machines. We advise that you use hand sanitiser as you enter and as you leave.
- We very rarely need to be in contact with bodily fluid. However our therapists wear gloves when there is direct contact with blood, body fluid, non-intact skin or mucous membrane, after which the gloves are discarded and hands washed with soap & water.
- Each treatment room has the above equipment in stock and ready to hand.
We have a continuity plan in place. Unfortunately we do anticipate that we will need to make some short term changes to our opening hours over the coming months. We sincerely hope that we will not have to close our doors and we will do everything in our power to try to prevent this. Please refer to our website and facebook page for updates as they happen.
What to do if you are in the “at risk” category.
A portion the population have been identified as more vulnerable to the serious symptoms of Covid 19. This is a useful resource for information if you are worried that you may be in this category Centre for Disease Control.
Covid 19 Pregnancy and Paediatrics
This is a great resource for pregnant ladies who may be worried about Covid 19 The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Please be assured that we are keeping up to date with all developments and advice from both the Government the NHS and the Public Health Agency we will continue to take the necessary precautions.
Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.
For All Enquiries
Call Omagh Chiropractic clinic: 02882259181