Face to Face Appointments

Stuart Bentley Osteopath is planning to open for face to face appointments in July, following our temporary closure as a result of Covid-19. Our priority is to keep you as safe as possible, and in order to re-open the clinic for face to face services, we have implemented a number of changes which we would like to make you aware of. 

These measures have been put in place following an extensive risk assessment and will be revised and amended as necessary. To help ensure we can run and maintain a safe environment for all, it is essential that you carefully read the steps we have taken and agree to comply with the measures we ask visitors to our clinic to take. 

The steps we’ve taken to create a Covid-19 Secure Clinic 

Pre-appointment Assessment

  • Prior to booking any face to face consultations, we have to conduct an assessment to identify which path of care is most appropriate for you. 
  • Should it be agreed face to face care is the preferred route, we will ensure that you understand: The potential nature of close patient contact during our services
    • The level of PPE that a clinician will be required to wear
    • The infection prevention and control measures that must be taken
    • You will be read a ‘Risks statement’ which we will confirm you understand and agree to. 
  • Given the guidance on shielding, those classified as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ will be discouraged from face to face appointments during the period of shielding. 
  • If you were already under our care before lockdown, we may be able to have a telephone consultation, so please do give us a call to discuss. 

Screening 

  • As part of the assessment, we will ask you a series of screening questions in relation to Covid-19. 
  • If you are attending for a face to face appointment, we will send you an online screening form which it is essential for you to complete online before your appointment.
  • We may ask to take your temperature on entry to the clinic as part of our screening.

Covid-19 Secure 

  • All correspondence, invoices, exercises and receipts will be sent via email, so please ensure we have your correct email address and monitor your spam folder. We are unable to provide any paper documents, receipts or information. 
  • You will find physical reminders of social distancing throughout the clinic
  • All magazines, printed material and soft furnishings have been removed. 
  • We would ask that if you would like a towel during treatment, to please bring your own. 
  • We will be minimising the use of equipment wherever possible. 
  • The downstairs toilet will be available for use by visitors.

Clinic Capacity 

  • Appointments will be staggered to facilitate social distancing. 
  • We would request that if at all possible, you do not bring anyone with you to your appointment. If it is your preference to bring someone with you, they will have to accompany you into the clinic room (they will not be able to wait in the waiting area) and will also be asked Covid-19 screening questions and to record their contact details should we require them in the future as part of track and trace. 
  • Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian, who will also need to answer Covid-19 screening questions. 
  • Please do not arrive early for your appointment to minimise the risk of contact with other patients. We ask that if you come by car, please wait in your car in the car park until your booked appointment time. At your appointment time,  your Clinician will come and fetch you from your car or call you to come into the building. 
  • Whilst in the clinic, please observe social distancing, by keeping at least 2m from anyone (unless receiving clinical treatment). 

Booking and payments

  • To reduce face to face contact with non-clinical staff, you will be asked to make any follow up appointments with your Clinician whilst still in the clinic room or online. 
  • After your appointment, you will be sent an email with a link to make payment securely online. (Prompt payment would be much appreciated, don’t forget to check you spam folder if you don’t see the email). 
  • It is possible to take some contactless payments depending on your mobile device
  • We will be unable to accept cash payments. 

Enhanced Cleaning 

  • We have put in place enhanced cleaning measures for all communal and clinical areas. The clinic rooms will be cleaned thoroughly in between every patient, and additional time has been scheduled to allow for this. 
  • All communal and high contact areas will be cleaned frequently.  
  • We have replaced all fabric chairs with wipeable seating and removed any soft furnishings and accessories, such as towels. 

PPE

  • We will ask all patients visiting the clinic to wear their own face covering. If possible, please wear your own face covering to the clinic. If you don’t have one, we will provide you with one.
  • Our Clinicians will be wearing appropriate PPE in line with the latest guidance. 

Hand Hygiene 

  • Please do not wear your own gloves into the clinic, as this poses a potential risk. 
  • Please use hand sanitiser when you enter the clinic. 
  • Please refrain from touching anything whilst you are in the clinic. 
  • Our team understand the importance of hand hygiene and will ensure that they wash their hands in according with Covid-19 Secure guidelines before and after any ‘hands on’ interaction. 

Our services

  • We have carried out a risk assessment on all the services that we offer and we are confident that we can continue to provide these safely. We will be offering selected, essential services initially and will review what we offer on an ongoing basis subject to Government recommendations. 
  • We aim to make any interactions as safe, comfortable and valuable as possible. If you have any concerns about the services please let us know and we will do what we can to satisfy you. If you have any preferences regarding social distancing and ‘hands on’ treatments please advise your Clinician so that these can be respected.