COVID-19: Infection Control Procedures
We can confirm that all members of the Meadowside team, including our Support Team, have been vaccinated at least twice.
In addition, we have assessed all aspects of our practice in line with government guidance and legislation, and following detailed guidance from the General Osteopathic Council – the governing body for all Osteopaths in the UK.
We are currently following the processes detailed below to mitigate for any identified infection risks associated with COVID-19.
Dates last risk assessment undertaken: 31 May 2022
Risk assessment to be reviewed next on: 31 July 2022, or if guidance changes, whichever is sooner
1. Screening Patients’ Health Ahead of Appointments:
All patients will be sent an appointment confirmation and reminder via email, in which they are asked to contact the Practice and refrain from attending if they experience any COVID-related symptoms prior to their appointment.
Upon arrival to their appointment, patients will be asked to confirm verbally that they are symptom-free.
2. Provision of Remote Osteopathic Consultations:
Remote osteopathic consultations via online video calls will be available for any patients who wish to see an osteopath without attending the practice in person, for those who are unable to attend, or if it is decided following their health screening (as outlined in section 1) that they should not attend the practice.
3. Cleaning Regimes and Room Ventilation:
The treatment bench and pillows, and other common touch points in the clinic room, will be thoroughly cleaned using disinfectant wipes or fluid after each session.
The clinic room and common areas in the building will also be thoroughly cleaned daily as always, with particular attention given to door handles, light switches and other surfaces in frequent use.
Where appropriate, the clinic room will have an open window to allow for ventilation. Doors will be kept open between appointments to ventilate the room more thoroughly.
4. Personal Protective Equipment – Osteopaths:
Prior to and following each treatment session, the Osteopath will wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water.
According to UK Government guidelines and the guidance from our regulating body, The General Osteopathic Council the use of face masks is no longer compulsory within healthcare settings, and so we will not be ordinarily wearing face masks.
However, if you would prefer us to wear a mask during your visit, please let us know upon your arrival and we’ll be happy to oblige.
5. Personal Protective Equipment – Patients:
Patients will no longer be asked to wear a face-covering to their appointment. However, if you wish to keep wearing a mask, we will be happy to do the same. We will have face masks and hand sanitiser available on the Reception desk.
There are tissues available for use in case of coughs or sneezes, and a lined bin for disposing of tissues. If used for this purpose, the bin will be emptied before another patient arrives in the room.
6. Cleaning of Shared Equipment:
We will not be using our cloth couch coverings, and have replaced our usual pillows and couch coverings with wipable versions.
Patients are invited to bring their own clean towel and pillow for their appointment. If a towel is needed during the appointment, we will use a clean towel which has been washed at 60C degrees or above for each patient.
7. Patient Communication:
This risk assessment and infection control document will be shared with current and prospective patients via the Practice’s website, with links to it provided in every appointment confirmation email.
Printed and electronic copies of this document will also be available upon request.
8. Massage appointments
Massage appointments are now able to go ahead. For continuity, the same Osteopathy protocols will be followed with the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment.
9. Contact Information:
Any concerns, questions or comments with regards to this document should be directed in the first instance to the Practice Director, Mrs Orit Huntley, via email at: email@example.com.