Patient and public information: COVID-19

December 1st, 2020
Latest COVID-19 restrictions across the UK (3rd November):
At present, across the whole of the UK, healthcare services are permitted to stay open.
Any decision to offer face-to-face care will be taken in consultation with the patient and subject to a risk assessment.
At Well Adjusted Health we have been taking lots of phone calls from people in pain but really worried about how things now work in today’s lockdown climate.

Below we share the comprehensive information provided by the British Chiropractic Association.

BCA advice to members on face-to-face consultations:

The BCA represents the majority of chiropractors in the UK and has at its core the values which have been its ethos for 95 years. These include the placing of patient care and safety above all other considerations. Our chiropractors also have a duty of care to their staff and associates and to the wider community, most particularly in this period of national crisis.

Latest COVID-19 restrictions across the UK (3rd November):
At present, across the whole of the UK, healthcare services are permitted to stay open.
Any decision to offer face-to-face care will be taken in consultation with the patient and subject to a risk assessment.

BCA chiropractors have a wide range of information and advice at their disposal, including detailed risk assessments and specific instructions on the use of PPE and this will enable their patients to have a treatment experience in which they should feel comfortable and safe, should they require treatment.

We advise all patients to have a detailed discussion with their chiropractors on the safety arrangements in the clinic before they arrive, and to follow their chiropractors’ advice on processes and procedures in the clinic carefully.

At the BCA, we continue to be focused on the safety of our members, their patients and families during this pandemic. We will continue to monitor Government advice and update our information to the public accordingly.

FAQs for patients and public:

What measures have Chiropractors put in place for the safety of their patients?
BCA members are advised to undertake a thorough risk assessment and to have completed the following before considering face-to-face consultations:

Literature: Have I read and understood the following documents?
• The UK Government’s Recovery Strategy
• The UK Government’s Working Safely during Coronavirus
• NHS/PHE Guidance on Social Distancing
• NHS PPE Guidelines

Health and Safety:
Have I reviewed the Health & Safety regulations regarding maintaining a safe workplace for staff and visitors?

Regulation:
Have I reviewed the ​GCC Code to ensure that I understand my duties regarding patient safety?

PPE:
Do I have a sustainable, ethical source of PPE to maintain the scale of consultations which I envisage?

Have I carried out adequate training on PPE with my staff?

Do I understand the new Government advice on the use of face coverings?

Risk Assessment:
Have I carried out a Risk Assessment using the BCA’s Risk Assessment Framework and Template making adjustments to my own clinical setting?

Staff:
Have I drafted detailed instructions and briefed my staff on Return to Work Protocols as I intend to implement them within my practice?

Patients:
Do I understand the new Government advice on dealing with Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people and Clinically Vulnerable people?

Do I need to wear a mask to my appointment?
The Government has advised that: ‘If you can, you should also wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet’.

What if I am clinically, or extremely clinically vulnerable (shielding), can I still get an appointment?
Yes, you can, subject to risk assessment by your chiropractor. Chiropractors perform risk assessments before treating patients, to make the necessary considerations should a shielding patient approach them regarding an appointment. Please ensure you explain your circumstances to your practitioner at that time.

Shielding advice is changing across the UK countries and patients are advised to check the status of this prior to planning an appointment.

Patient safety:
If you are attending a chiropractic consultation during COVID-19 there are some things you can do to prepare. The BCA has developed an infographic - see top of post - with our colleagues at BASRaT, Physio First, the Institute of Osteopathy, the College of Podiatry and the Society of Sports Therapists.

If you have a specific question regarding any pain or problem areas, or would like to book a Free 15-minute consultation for you or your family please call Well Adjusted Health on 01903 892171


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