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June 2020 Update
COVID-19 Update -Preparation for a safe return to face to face consultations
We are currently working hard behind the scenes to prepare for a safe return to face to face consultations. This includes writing detailed documentation and risk assessments to support our return and the implementation of COVID-19 safe working practices to protect our patients and staff.
The current governmental and professional body advice is that remote/virtual consultations remains the preferred method of consultation with face to face consultation being recommended if patients meet ALL of the following three criteria, which form “The 3Point F2F Check”, these are: –
- The patients condition clinically indicates that face to face may be necessary.
- The patient has been risk assessed for COVID-19.
- The patient gives their informed consent after being presented with detailed information about COVID-19, what they can do to help reduce risk themselves and how Caledonian Physiotherapy Services is going to manage the risks when the patient attends the practice.
The criteria for clinical indication, falls into three categories and the physiotherapist will clinically reason whether you meet theses definitions: –
- There is a high suspicion of risk of rapid, significant clinical deterioration from underlying serious pathology or those presenting with worsening, progressive neurological symptoms of spinal origin which the physiotherapist is unable to determine this remotely.
- The patient has urgent rehabilitation needs, which if not met, will require care from General Practice, secondary care or social care agencies. This is particularly important if they are themselves a carer for someone who is vulnerable.
- The patient requires rehabilitation to support their rapid discharge from secondary care.
If you do not meet the three criteria required, you will be offered support by virtual consultation or if necessary, referred on to other services.
It is important to remember that the infection prevention and control procedures we are putting in place are to lower the risk of infection, however they do not eliminate the risk, and therefore even with the greatest precaution, we cannot guarantee there is no possibility for infection for either staff or patients.
We are looking forwards to being back to work as soon as it is safe to do so and at present the business is not operating as normal but we will be continuing to offer remote/virtual consultation and to support you in whatever way we can. We will keep you informed of any new developments.
The Caledonian Physiotherapy Services Team