Coronavirus (COvid-19) appointments
During the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak I will be offering the following
alternatives to face-to-face consultations:
As of the 23rd March 2020 I have taken the decision to cease face-to-face consultations for all but urgent cases. I will review this situation at the end of April 2020.
With the advances of the coronavirus situation and advice to refrain from all non-essential social contact, this decision was essential in order to mitigate any risks of cross infection. As a healthcare professional and evidence-informed practitioner, it would be irresponsible for me to knowingly put you or other patients in any unnecessary harm, or to actively go against advice put in place to support vital NHS services.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any concerns you have and keep updated with me via my website and emails, where I will be updating all information regarding this situation as regularly as necessary.
In the meantime, I have put the following measures in place in order to continue supporting my patients to the best of my ability and provide alternative forms of communication.
I will be offering online consultations via Zoom, or other video meeting software if necessary. Although no hands-on treatment will be possible, all of my consultations focus on:
Discussing symptoms and general health.
Advising on pain relief.
Providing and demonstrating individualised exercise and rehabilitation based on your symptoms and needs.
Discussing goal-setting and coping strategies in order to better manage your symptoms and return to activities.
And most importantly keeping up to date with how you are feeling about your symptoms and how the current situation is affecting you.
Whilst I understand that this will not replace a face-to-face conversation, I will still be able to provide these elements of our consultation and send advice over email afterwards if necessary. Good research evidence has demonstrated that remote consultations provide good patient satisfaction and improve outcomes in patients managing long-term conditions. I hope that this arrangement will allow me to continue to help my patients in the coming months....
I also appreciate that patients do expect hands-on treatment as part of their care from me as an osteopath. I am also aware that the current situation is causing financial difficulties for many families, therefore, these consultations will be charged at £25. Please contact me or submit an appointment form to arrange an online consultation.
Connecting via Zoom is easy and no log-in is required; I will send you a personalised link which will allow you access our appointment on a PC or via the Zoom app.
For urgent cases where a face-to-face examination or treatment is necessary, a usual consultation will be arranged. This is providing the following apply to the patient:
They currently have no cough, fever, sore throat or any other symptoms such as widespread aching, loss of appetite or feeling unwell in themselves.
They have not knowingly been in contact with any individual with either the above symptoms or diagnosed COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
They have been adhering to home quarantine for the last 7 days
I have taken the decision to provide these appointments for those in urgent need in order to hopefully prevent these patients’ from presenting to NHS services, which may be under increased demand in the coming weeks and months.