COVID-19 Policy

 LICC- Safe Clinical Practice and appropriate steps taken by Clinic during and after COVID-19 crisis 

Actions taken in Nov 2020 based on Government Guidelines:

Following the second lock down announcement, on 31st October 2020, we reviewed government guidelines and health regulatory authority recommendations and confirm that our centre and clinics will remain open, following all the risk protocols, triage assessment / screening procedures to offer treatment to non-covid19 patients. We can offer home care physiotherapy as an alternative option to some conditions after completion of risk assessment.

Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Podiatry services has confirmed their routine working, following their professional regulatory guidelines and recommendations. NHS Kent and Medway AAA screening program will continue their services. Our centre has marched forwards safely during the first lock down, following all the Covid work secure guidelines and recommendations. Even though we had close during the complete full scale lock down in March 2020, we re-opened the professional services after receiving the guidelines from regulatory authority. We sincerely hope that we will get through this winter safely by improving our health and well-being, using our professional services, which adheres to government guidelines.

Brief outline of relevant measures taken at our centre:

Stringent Infection prevention control measures are reviewed regularly, with regular cleaning procedures in place for the centre and equipment.

Appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) are worn by the staff/associates and clients.

We are spacing out their appointments to allow time to clean the room between patients, and minimising waiting times within the clinic/ use our extensive car parking spaces. These measures will be aimed at keeping patients and practitioners safe as the pandemic continues, and should not affect the high levels of care that patients are entitled to expect from our professional team 

We maintain all the records staff, associates, clients/patients and visitors , screening their temperature, checking their symptoms before their arrival. 

Furthermore, we do have Test and trace QR code, as an additional safety measure even though regulatory authorities does not recommend having the QR code in healthcare settings. As we are a regulated healthcare professional, working in a healthcare setting we follow robust risk assessment and mitigation processes, including the use of PPE, in line with government guidance for our setting. 

References:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

https://www.hcpc-uk.org/covid-19/advice/

https://www.csp.org.uk/news/coronavirus/private-practiceindependent-sector/private-practices-independent-sector-faqs

https://www.csp.org.uk/news/coronavirus/clinical-guidance/testing-covid-19-faqs

https://www.csp.org.uk/news/coronavirus/clinical-guidance/testing-covid-19/test-trace-faq

https://www.osteopathy.org.uk/standards/guidance-for-osteopaths/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://cop.org.uk/news-and-features/covid-19

https://www.cnhc.org.uk/covid-19-advice-return-to-work-and-working-safely

https://www.healthwatchkent.co.uk/advice-and-information/2020-05-12/information-about-coronavirus

https://www.bacp.co.uk/news/news-from-bacp/coronavirus/faqs-about-coronavirus/

Actions taken in May 2020 based on Government Guidelines:

At LICC, we have taken steps to ensure we can continue to treat patients in a safe and effective manner, in the next few weeks, in accordance with government guidelines and Healthcare regulatory authorities (CSP/HCPC/Physiofirst/HSE) advice, aiming to minimise the risk, for the staff and patients.

Patient’s safety and their health journey with us is of the utmost importance. We are watchfully monitoring the COVID-19 situation around the clock and have precautions in place to ensure the health of all our patients and staff.

Key Actions taken in from 13th May 2020, following Government and CSP/Physiofirst Guidelines:

  • screening patients for COVID symptoms before they attend clinic 
  • reducing clinic capacity to ensure any patients attending can be kept 2m apart
  • hand sanitising procedures as patients enter and leave the environment
  • a one way system of patient movement in your practice
  • longer appointment times to allow for full cleaning in between patients
  • staggered appointments or asking patients to wait outside the clinic
  • a screen for reception staff
  • processes for the safe disposal of PPE

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus- infection-prevention-and-control disposing

References:

https://www.csp.org.uk/news/coronavirus/private-practiceindependent-sector/private-practices-independent-sector-faqs

https://www.csp.org.uk/news/coronavirus/clinical-guidance/face-face-or-remote-consultations/guidance-england

Actions taken in April 2020 based on Government Guidelines:

Patient’s safety and their health journey with us is of the utmost importance. We are watchfully monitoring the COVID-19 situation around the clock and have precautions in place to ensure the health of all our patients and staff.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our approach to the current situation, or feedback on any aspect of.

Best Wishes,
Sen and team at Longfield Integrated Care Centre