My therapy practice continues at the present time subject to the following advice around self isolation for vulnerable people:
The Chief Medical Officer has provided new advice around self-isolation and Public Health England have updated their web pages. This can be viewed online at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults.
The advice remains the same that a person should self-isolate at home for seven days if they have a recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature. However, in addition, anyone living with someone who is self-isolating due to such an onset should now stay at home for at least 14 days to avoid spreading the infection outside of the home.
Additionally, the Government are advising anyone who is at increased risk of severe illness from Coronavirus to also self-isolate. This group includes those who are :
Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
I am, therefore, recommending to my clients who fall into the above group to reschedule their appointments for 21 days after which time we will review the situation and postpone further if appropriate.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, please notify me so we can reschedule your appointment for after 14 days. I have suspended my usual policy requiring 24 hours notice so no charge will be made if you need to cancel at late notice. If I, or anyone in my immediate family have any symptoms I will suspend work immediately.
I would like to provide you with information on my hygiene procedures in order that you can make an informed decision regarding any future treatments you have booked. My normal hygiene procedures are as follows:
- I use disposable sheets and cradle covers which are changed after each client.
- All linen which comes into contact with clients is washed after a single use at the highest possible temperature for that fabric. With regard to the headrest, this includes the the headrest cover which sits underneath the disposable cradle cover.
- Oil/wax is removed from its container with a spatula and applied to the back of the wrist to avoid cross contamination.
- I wash my hands before and after each client.
As a precaution I have intensified my procedures as follows:
- Clients are asked to wash or sanitise their hands before treatment.
- Disposable hand towels have replaced the hand towel in the toilet.
- All surfaces which come into contact with clients are sanitised after every client including door handles, light switches, taps and the surfaces around the table and client seating area.
- Oil/wax containers are sanitised after each client.
I am a member of the Massage Training Institute (MTI) which ensures that Massage Therapists are trained and work to the highest possible standards, and also the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) whose sole purpose is to protect the public. The MTI and CNHC are following the advice provided by the government and advising their members accordingly.
I will continue to act upon all advice and guidance from the government, MTI and CNHC. As that advice and guidance changes, I will update you.