JULIA BLISS ACUPUNCTURE

Following instructions from the British Acupuncture Council, I have taken the necessary government mandated steps of conducting a risk assessment and instituting social distancing, hygiene, ventilation and PPE procedures in my practice to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission.  I am double vaccinated and take regular lateral flow tests.

Social distancing

I ask all visitors to maintain a two metre distance from all other people in the clinic at all times. The only exception to this is with me, your practitioner, when appropriate.

For social distancing reasons, unless you require assistance for specific support and care needs, I ask you to come alone for the appointment where possible unless a chaperone, parent or carer is required.

Please leave accessory items (bags and coats) in the car, or travel with as little as possible.

Before arrival if you or someone you live with develops symptoms of Covid-19 by the time of the appointment, please contact me before attending the clinic.

NHS Test and Trace

In the eventuality that I (the practitioner) get symptoms of COVID-19 within 48 hours of having close contact with you during the appointment and then later test positive, I am obligated under law to provide your name, phone number or email and the date and time of your visit to the test and trace service. Please note that by attending the appointment you give consent for this.

If you have the NHS Test and Trace app on your phone, I would encourage you to scan the QR code displayed in the treatment room.  You do not have to do this and I understand that you may not be able to.

Entering the clinic

I have spaced out patient arrivals and departures so that all visitors to the clinic can remain socially distanced.  Please arrive promptly.  There will not be another client immediately before or after your appointment but I need time to clean and air the room.

Hand hygiene

I will direct you to a hand sanitising station in the treatment room immediately as you enter my house. There will be a poster nearby to demonstrate hand sanitising techniques recommended by the NHS. Please also sanitise your hands before leaving the clinic.

Please try to avoid touching surfaces unnecessarily.

Face mask and respiratory hygiene

I require that patients wear ordinary surgical masks to the clinic.  If you need to sneeze or cough while in the clinic, please do so into a disposable tissue and throw it away immediately. Please sanitise your hands immediately after doing so.

Use of toilet

My toilet is available for emergencies only

Payment

I am encouraging payment by bank transfer, ideally before your visit.

I will still accept cash and cheques if you are not able to do this.

I am absorbing the costs of PPE and extra time and not passing them on to clients.

Screening questionnaire

I have a Covid-19 screening questionnaire and consent form and I will ask you the following questions during your consultation:

In the last ten days:

1 Have you had a high temperature? (This can mean feeling hot to touch on your chest and back - you do not need to measure your temperature.)

2 Have you had a new continuous cough? (This means coughing a lot for more than an hour or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours - if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.)

3 Have you had close contact (under 2 metres) with anyone with a confirmed Covid-19 diagnosis or someone exhibiting symptoms in the last 14 days

4 Have you recently travelled abroad?

5 Have you been contacted by the government or NHS and told to self-isolate for any reason?

6 Do you or anyone you live with fall into the clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable categories (see separate attachment)?

In the course of the consultation I will have to have non-socially distanced contact with you to perform the treatment, therefore while I will meet very high standards of infection protection control, it is impossible to completely eliminate risk.