Face to face consultations during Covid-19
Before your initial face to face appointment during the Covid-19 outbreak patients need to be aware of the following.
While public information on COVID-19 is extensive we must assume you are not aware of the risks and outline them below.
- Covid-19 transmission risk increases with close and sustained contact between people.
- Physiotherapy treatment often requires close patient contact.
- The clinic has adopted measures to ensure we are a “Covid-19 secure” in accordance with Government guidelines.
- The clinic has adopted Public Health England guidelines in relation to PPE use. These guidelines frequently change but clinicians will be wearing PPE in line with current recommendations.
Extremely vulnerable people
We are currently unable to offer extremely vulnerable people face to face appointments. Detailed information on protecting extremely vulnerable people is found here:
Clinically vulnerable people
Before offering a face to face appointment, anyone defined as clinically vulnerable will require a screening telephone consultation prior to being offered a face to face appointment.
Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:
- aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
- under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
- chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets
- being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
- pregnant women