Latest Update January 2021:
I am open for business!
The most recent government announcement on 4th January 2021 relating to COVID-19 and the planned “lockdown” commencing on 5th January is as follows for private podiatry clinics:
Health and medical care practices are exempt from the restrictions so there are no immediate or material changes to practices. This is true of the whole UK, not just England.
As ever, I am using full PPE safely and effectively and will continue to pre-screen my patients before appointments.
Please rest assured that I am continuing to monitor this situation closely and will, as always, adapt my practice according to the guidance .
Latest update November 2020:
The new lockdown in England was scrutinised in parliament yesterday and ultimately voted in. The detail regarding the lockdown has been produced and it clearly outlines that medical and healthcare appointments are fine to continue and this applies to both the clinical and domiciliary settings.
Therefore, the previous general guidelines remain in place - see below.
In addition to these precautions, I am having regular Covid-19 tests to ensure that I remain negative.
Independent podiatry practices have, from March 2020, been on the list of businesses exempt from closing and I have been working according to the guidelines which stated that, as a key health worker with a duty of care to my patients, I am expected to treat those with high risk feet or whose need is urgent or is likely to become so - even those in a high risk category. This is in order to relieve any burden on the NHS.
Those patients in need of more routine treatment then became eligible for a face to face appointment in accordance with the guidelines, which are:
1.If you show any of the signs of Covid-19 infection you must self-isolate for 7 days, if any of your household show symptoms you must self-isolate for 14 days.
2.When treating patients, you should be following the College of Podiatry Infection Control Standards as a minimum.
3.If a patient requires urgent Podiatry treatment but has or is suspected of having Covid-19 you must not treat them in Private Practice and you should advise them to call 111.
4. Maximising distance (2 metres minimum from their face) and minimising length of time spent with patients limits the spread of the disease - noting when visiting someone’s house there may be others present and they should be advised not to be near you when you are treating the patient i.e. asking them to be in another room if possible.
5.If any private patient with a high-risk foot presents with an infection, engage with your local NHS podiatry service immediately if possible, or their GP.
6.Between contacts all surfaces and door handles should be cleaned with antibacterial and viricidal spray.
7.Waiting room chairs should be spaced apart and it is recommended appointments with different clinicians are staggered so multiple patients are not congregating in the waiting room if possible.
8.Prior to their appointment all patients should be screened as to their health, presenting complaint and risk to assess if their appointment is required.
9. When doing home visits ask other members of the family to be in another room if possible and keep appointments to as short as possible.
In addition to my usual infection control procedures, I now allow longer appointments to give me time to deep clean my clinic, external handrails, door handles etc as well as to minimise any cross over of patients. I would ask that, for this reason, patients try to arrive on time for their appointment and, if they are early, to wait outside until deep cleaning has taken place.
I wear a surgical mask and ask that patients try to do the same or use some sort of covering over their nose and mouth, if possible.
I have purchased a protective screen which I position between myself and the patient during treatments to further minimise any chance of cross-infection.
As stated above, I undergo regular Covid-19 tests to ensure that I do not carry the virus.
Although I can still accept payment by cash and cheque, bank transfer payments are preferable if this is possible - payment details on the Prices and Contact details page of this website.
Thank you to all my patients for their continuing loyalty during these challenging times and for supporting me in following the new guidelines.
Keep safe everyone!