COVID 19 UPDATE:
I am writing to you from Church Street Practice with an update on the current situation. At this time of social distancing I wanted to reassure you that we are very much open for business
to support our patients. Obviously, we are updating things each day as the government makes its announcements but we are not being asked to close the clinic therefore treatments are continuing as normal.
Many of you, I am sure, will consider your treatment to be essential; if you have any concerns about coming in for treatment or want any advice then please speak to reception on 01225 868282 and, if necessary one of our practitioners can call you back to offer support.
I also want to reassure you that we have implemented all necessary procedures, including providing hand sanitisers, regular cleaning of door handles, hand rails, couches card machine etc with anti -septic wipes.
Patients who have travelled to infected areas or who have displayed any symptoms are being asked to stay home.
The common symptoms of coronavirus are a recent onset of a new continuous cough, shortness of breath and/or a high temperature; if you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home for seven days from when the symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation but if the symptoms persist or worsen or you are no better after seven days then contact NHS 111 online. If you have no access to the internet call NHS 111 and in an emergency call 999.
Wash your hands more often than usual for at least 20 seconds using soap and hot water particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public places where other people are doing the same. Use hand sanitiser if that is all you have access to.
To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and throw the tissue away immediately, or use your sleeve (not your hands) if you do not have a tissue, then wash your hands/use hand sanitiser.
Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing infection on to other people.
Here at the practice, to avoid too many people in the reception area at any one time we would ask that you arrive no earlier than five minutes before your treatment. We would ask that you wash/sanitise your hands on entering the building. There is a hand sanitiser on the reception desk.
Keeping the immune system healthy at this time is very important. There are so many supplements etc. which could be taken but at least increasing your vitamin C, generally eating well, exercising and keeping the body free from physical, mental and emotional stress will all help boost your immunity. Again our practitioners will be more than happy to advise you over the phone or our reception can book you in for a treatment.
No doubt, there will be patients who will suffer from acute aches and pains whilst at home either due to lack of exercise and being more sedentary perhaps due to more work in the garden or just the whole stress of the situation. If you are unable to get in for a treatment do phone up and we can give advice over the phone; we are also looking into how we might be able to offer skype/online help. Our homeopath can suggest remedies to help and one of our osteopaths is also trained in Butekyo breathing techniques which can strengthen your respiration.
In the meantime keep strong and healthy, protect the vulnerable and be positive.
All the best
The whole team at Church Street Practice