COVID – 19 PATIENT INFORMATION FOR FACE TO FACE PHYSIOTHERAPY
We have a Legal, regulatory and professional responsibility. We have documented our Risk assessment of Belfast Pilates & Physiotherapy at our new address 56 Holywood Road. We have Infection prevention and control measures documented and in place. Your Physio will wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
Every patient will be triaged with a virtual appointment through ZOOM prior to deciding if face to face physio is necessary. If both parties deem it necessary to proceed with face to face care, the clinician must be able to justify that the benefits of seeing a patient face to face are demonstrably greater than the risks of infection transmission. We must have a signed (can be typed if doing on computer) CONSENT FORM returned by email. We are happy with a photograph emailed of the form filled in.
You will be screened for signs of Covid-19. Have you tested positive for the virus? Has any of your household tested positive for the virus within the last 2 weeks? Do you or any household members have a cough / fever/ loss taste or smell / rash / sore throat / diarrhoea? Have you to the best of your knowledge come into contact with anyone who has tested positive in the last 2 weeks?
IF YOU ANSWER YES TO ANY OF THESE, YOU MUST CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY.
We will ensure no patient to patient contact by patients waiting outside clinic to be contacted by phone when their physio is ready for them to come in (i.e. no waiting area for patients). The front door to the clinic will remain locked other than to allow patients to enter and leave. There is patient car parking for 3 cars at the front of the building as well as local car parks on Grampian Ave and Parkgate Avenue.
Our clinic has 3 floors and although we have 7 treatment rooms, we plan only to use 1 clinical room per floor. There will only ever be a maximum of 3 patients in the clinic at any time on separate floors. Treatment times are staggered to avoid patient to patient contact.
You must attend for your Physiotherapy alone. Should the patient be a child and need a guardian present then we need a details / consent form filled for each attendee in case of track and trace requests.
On arrival in the clinic, you will be asked to sanitize your hands. There will always be sanitizer in the vestibule for any arrivals / departures.
Each clinical room will have its own scanning thermometer and temperature will be checked when clinician does a final verbal screen for covid-19 symptoms.
If passes temperature check (less than 37.5 c) and verbal screening then you will proceed to the allocated treatment room. During all discussion we will maintain over 2 metres distance. Actual hands on therapy should be kept to 15 minutes maximum. Because there is no other person on each floor other than the physio and patient, we will keep doors open to the treatment room to allow for ventilation.
NOTE – Clinic toilets are closed to patients during this pandemic, so please factor this into your visit.
Between every patient there must be a minimum of 10 mins to allow the doffing and disposing of apron and gloves in the rooms bin liner, hand washing, disinfectant spraying of couch and hard surfaces and wiping down, before donning new apron and gloves and phoning next patient to arrive.