COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Procedures

This policy has been drafted in line with current advice and guidance from GOV.UK, Public Health England and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) to best protect patients / clients and staff in the current circumstances.

 

These guidelines will be regularly reviewed and updated in line with any changes to current government policy for managing risk associated with Covid-19.

(UPDATED 1/03/2022)

 

 

Risk Assessment Considerations

 

Therapist Health

    • I (Bryan McCullough) declare that I do not have any symptoms of Covid-19 nor have I knowingly been in recent  contact with anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 or is self isolating.

    • I will take regular lateral flow tests to ensure, in so far as possible, that I do not attend clinic with Covid-19 unknowingly (asymptomatic).

    • If I develop any symptoms or return a positive lateral flow test I will commence the recommended period of self isolation and cancel all patients booked in during this period.

 

Information and Communication

 

    • If a client develops symptoms following a consultation they are asked to notify The Bike The Body as soon as possible so suitable contact can be made to any other clients that may be affected.

    • Further reference to this information will be contained within confirmation and reminder emails to ensure patients maintain their role and responsibility surrounding Covid-19 infection control. 

    • The patient will be reminded that despite the measures put in place that there is still a small risk of covid-19 infection transmission and must acknowledge this prior to having treatment. 

 

Environment

    • A single entry / exit system is in place whereby each patient will notify their arrival for appointment by ringing the doorbell and are asked to wait in their car or outside the building until met at the door by the treating therapist. 

    • Patients will be requested to be wearing a mask on arrival at the clinic before entering the building. 

    • Patients will then be required to use the alcohol gel provided prior to commencement of the appointment. 

    • The clinic room and any equipment used will be completely cleaned and disinfected between each appointment. 

 

 

PPE

    • Prior to commencement of any treatment, hands will be washed with soap and hot water followed by use of hand sanitiser (containing >60% alcohol) and the following pieces of PPE will be used.

      • Surgical face mask 

      • Gloves will be used for direct patient contact when it is required. 

    • PPE will be disposed of on site with prior permission or removed from the premises via waste bag.

    • It is understood that the addition of PPE merely reduces risk of transmission rather than mitigates the risk altogether, as such attention will be paid to all other ways to manage risk, such as rigorous hand washing etc.

 

Equipment

    • All equipment will be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant between each use

    • Any single use equipment will be disposed of either on site (if pre arranged) in in waste to be removed following appointment. 

    • Any equipment provided to the client (e.g tape, exercise bands) will all be brand new and in its original packaging. 

 

Hand Washing

    • Rigorous hand washing will be completed before and after every appointment.

 

Payment

    • All payments will be completed via online transaction or contactless methods to avoid the need for handling monies. 

 

 

Source Material

 

 

 

Please see the following link for the latest guidelines from the Government. (Jan 17th 2022)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control/covid-19-guidance-for-maintaining-services-within-health-and-care-settings-infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations

 

Physio First

https://www.physiofirst.org.uk/resources/coronavirus-covid-19.html

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