Covid-19 Safeguarding Policy – June 2022

Covid-19 Safeguarding Policy

Covid-19 Safeguarding Policy within healthcare settings follows the General Osteopathic Council guide. From June 2022 onwards, we have changed our Covid Infection Control Procedures.

On 27th May 2022, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) removed the requirement for wearing masks. These rules now apply to Health Care settings unless COVID-19 infections exist.

Before implementing a change in our Practice Policy, we consulted with fellow therapists within Therapy & Life Centre. We all work in a multi-therapy clinical setting.

As of 13th June 2022, mask-wearing is no longer mandatory for your treatment. This policy refers to the Charlotte Hunt Osteopaths within the Therapy & Life Centre. Please ask if you prefer to wear a mask and would like us to.

We will continue sending risk assessment pre-screening messages within the withdrawal guidance as a Practice Policy. This policy applies when COVID-19 is still present.

We assure you that hygiene and treatment room cleaning procedures remain firmly in place. We want to ensure that we offer the safest practice environment.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the above information. Also, if you would like your osteopath to continue to wear full PPE, please advise in advance.

Please let us know if you or a family member are vulnerable. We will adjust the treatment accordingly.

Current Covid-19 Safeguarding Policy & Procedures – Based on Risk Assessment on 10th June 2022

In light of the latest guidance (27th May 2022), we wish to reassure you that we continue undertaking risk assessments. The Practice follows the latest guidelines from our regulatory body GOSC (General Osteopathic Council) and the Institute of Osteopathy. In addition, we work with Therapy & Life Centre closely. We want to ensure that our clinic is the safest possible environment for both patients and us.

We have essential hygiene and infection control and pre-screening protocols in place. These procedures will mitigate any ongoing infection risks associated with COVID-19. Vaccination against COVID-19 is a practice requirement where all osteopaths have had two boosters.

Current Covid-19 Safeguarding Policy for your visit:

Before your appointment:

Before your appointment, we will contact you the day before by email, text, or call. Regretfully we will ask you not to attend your appointment if you have been in contact with anyone with Covid-19. Should you experience any Covid-related symptoms, unfortunately, we cannot treat you.

Online Osteopathic Consultations:

Online osteopath consultations via facetime/what’s app video are available. These are for patients who wish to see an osteopath without attending the Practice. 

When you visit the Practice:

Mask Policy – When you arrive, we will ask you to wait outside the clinic until we collect you. Please press the intercom buzzer for Room 1 when you arrive.

You need not wear a mask inside the clinic unless you wish to. We will also wear one if you prefer.

There will be an alcohol-based cleansing gel in the reception area for you. However, there is no obligation.

PPE Policy – Based on guidance from GOSC, osteopaths no longer need to wear medical masks or full PPE (apron & gloves). However, we will if you prefer.

Cleaning & Ventilation – We clean our hands thoroughly with soap/water before and after treating each patient.

We use the wipeable couch and pillow covers. Additionally, we clean all clinical surfaces with disinfectant wipes between patients. We include the treatment plinth, pillow, and chairs to maintain our hygiene standards.

We will keep the door open between appointments and operate our air purifier and filter unit regularly during the day.

If you have any concerns or questions about Covid-19 Clinic Safeguarding, please contact us to discuss.

Covid-19 Clinic Safeguarding
Covid-19 Clinic Safeguarding

Updated 12th June 2022