Last reviewed: 8th November 2020
We want to reassure patients that we will be remaining open and seeing patients as normal throughout lockdown. As with other medical services, you are permitted to leave home to attend chiropractic treatment with us and the Prime Minister has recently urged people to keep their medical appointments. We are pleased to confirm our masseuses can also continue working as normal.
Our Clinic Director and Practice Manager have reviewed the Clinical Risk Assessment and remain confident that our rigorous additional precautions enable us to treat patients in a safe and sterile environment. Infection rates in South Somerset and North Dorset remain amongst the lowest in the country, and will hopefully remain so given the national restrictions now in place.
Our professional association has also confirmed that patients are able keep their scheduled appointments in the busy run-up to Christmas, when treatment slots are already at a premium; above all, we wish to avoid patients missing their scheduled treatment as suffering a relapse which is both unpleasant and often requires additional visits to correct.
How we are keeping you safe
We are currently able to offer ‘hands on’ face to face appointments for all our patients unless they have been told to self-isolate. This follows advice from our professional association, the British Chiropractic Association, and an updated position from the statutory regulator, the General Chiropractic Council.
Please be aware that, in order to be fully compliant with the Government’s COVID-19 secure status, we have had to extend and stagger appointment times. This means less availability and possibly a longer wait to be seen; appointments are offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis but we will always try to prioritise urgent cases wherever possible.
We would ask all patients to co-operate with our extensive social distancing and PPE measures, which are there to make sure treatment can be given in a safe environment. This now includes the requirement to wear a mask when visiting the clinic; if you are unable to bring one with you, we do have a limited supply of disposable masks for you to wear. You may be asked to remove the mask by your chiropractor in certain circumstances.
For people needing to self-isolate at this time, we will be continuing our ‘remote’ appointments, which allow us to take a clinical history; perform orthopaedic testing to reach a diagnosis, and treat using video exercises, modalities, posture, ergonomics and directed self-treatment.
Our reception is, as ever, open 9-7 on weekdays and 9-1 on Saturdays.