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COVID-secure practice

Acupuncture Clinic in Penarth - Covid ready

I have introduced the following procedures in order to ensure that when my Penarth practice reopens, it will be as COVID-secure as I can make it. I will be following the guidelines issued by the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)[insert link], which are based in turn on NHS best practice guidelines.

  • The treatment room will be accessed via the side door, so that clients will no longer come through the house.
  • I will be wearing a face mask myself and will ask all my clients to do the same – I will have single-use masks available for anyone who doesn’t have their own.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available by the door, and I will be using a non-contact thermometer to check people’s temperatures on arrival.
  • Appointments will be staggered so that I have plenty of time between clients to clean and air the treatment room as specified in the BAcC guidelines.
  • The room will be deep cleaned at the end of each day.
  • All couch bedding and covers will be changed between clients and laundered at 60degC, again as prescribed in the guidelines.

In order to minimise the time spent at less than 2 metres distance, I will be doing pre-appointment consultations the day or evening before the appointment, either online (by Zoom or Skype) or by phone. I will be running through the required COVID-19 symptom questionnaire at the same time.

To begin with, people who are identified by the government guidelines as either clinically vulnerable or extremely clinically vulnerable will unfortunately not be able to come for treatment, along with anyone who has been advised to self-isolate or anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 infection (persistent cough, fever or loss of smell or taste of recent origin).
Clinic in penarth - Covid Ready
Inevitably, all this will mean that coming for acupuncture will look and feel very different from how it was before, both for you and for me. However, I’m confident that the procedures I’m putting in place will ensure that all of us will continue to keep safe and minimise any risk of spreading infection.

Many thanks for all your support, and I hope to be able to see you soon.