‘Virtual first approach’
During the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, in line with guidance from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy I am working with a virtual first approach.
This means using online video or telephone contact to provide you with care and limit face-to-face contact wherever possible.
This is because of the risk of virus transmission during face-to-face physiotherapy, where we would highly likely to be in very close contact (i.e. less than 2 meters) for at least part of the consultation.
Information for patients having face-to-face physiotherapy
I am able to very effectively carry out the large majority of physiotherapy assessment and management in the remote setting.
However, if we have decided together that your problem needs to be assessed and / or treated face-to-face, please read this leaflet to understand how we can work together to minimise the risk of virus transmission.
What I am doing to reduce the risk?
The virus that causes Covid-19 is mainly spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also possibly spread through touching a contaminated surface, although this is not thought to be the main way it is transmitted.
During our appointment, I will carry out as much of the assessment and treatment as possible at the Government recommended ‘social distance’ of at least 2 metres away from you.
Because some parts of you consultation and treatment will need me to be in much closer contact with you, I will be using the following ‘Personal Protective Equipment’ (PPE)
- Face mask
- Disposable apron
- Disposable, latex free gloves (with the exception of during manual therapy where we have agreed that this is appropriate. In this case, hand gel will be applied before and after any ‘hands on’ contact)
I will need to wash my hands with soap and water immediately before and after your appointment and if I am seeing you in your home, I would be grateful if I could use your facilities for this. I also carry alcohol sanitising hand gel with me.
How can you help reduce the risk?
- Please wear a face mask or other face covering during your appointment.
- Please wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after your appointment. You may also wish to use ‘hard surface’ wipes for any surfaces that have been touched once your appointment has finished.
- Please make sure that other members of your house hold are not present during your appointment. This is especially important if you have family members who are especially vulnerable to Covid-19 or who are shielding.