The COVID-19 virus has impacted the way most businesses operate, especially face to face contact therapies like acupuncture and reflexology. As such, strict guidance has been issued from the HSE to keep us all safe and well. Although it might feel a bit strange at first, I’m sure that we will get used to it quickly.
Since March 23rd 2020, I have been offering free 30 minute Zoom consultations. These will be available until Friday 3rd July, 2020
I am working towards 4th July, 2020 as a re-opening date for face to face appointments. Initially this will just be for acupuncture and fire cupping treatments, with reflexology appointments hopefully starting in August. You can now book appointments into the online diary.
.Please take a couple of minutes to read through the following guidance so that you are familiar with how things will operate when you arrive for your appointment.
Prior to the Appointment
If you are classed as a vulnerable person (see below), unfortunately I will not be allowed to treat you at the moment.
You will be emailed a reminder 24 hours before the time of your appointment.
If you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms which will be detailed on the reminder, you must cancel the appointment and seek appropriate medical help from the NHS
There will be no cancellation charge for appointments cancelled due to COVID-19 symptoms
Please go to the toilet before arriving for the appointment
Please bring a drink and a snack for after the treatment. I will not be offering water at the end of the appointments.
Please wear plenty of loose, layered clothing. It is recommend that I keep the clinic windows open a little during treatments and I’m not allowed to wrap you up in lots of blankets.
Please bring your own hand sanitising gel.
Upon arrival for your appointment
Please wait in your car or outside the building until your appointment time. Patients will not be permitted to wait inside the building, even if it is raining. This is to minimise the time you are in the building and to prevent any cross-over contact between patients.
Please leave your coat and shoes in the hallway and enter the clinic room.
If you display any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus you will be asked to leave immediately. This is for the safety of my other patients, my family and for me.
Treatments will be for 50 minutes, allowing time to clean the room in between patients.
Payment for treatments can be done via contactless debit card, my card machine or immediate bank transfer. I will not be able to take cash or cheque payments.
After the Appointment
If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms up to 14 days after your treatment, you must contact me immediately.
Who is a Vulnerable Person?
Anyone aged 70 and older. Anyone under 70 with an underlying health condition that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds such as:
Chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis, chronic heart disease, such as heart failure, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis. Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS). A learning disability or cerebral palsy, diabetes, weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets. Being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
The government issued this further advice detailing specific medical conditions that place someone at greatest risk of severe illness from Covid-19. People who fall into this group will have been informed that they are clinically extremely vulnerable, and have been advised to exercise ‘shielding’.
Shielding means that they have been told to: not leave their house, not attend any gatherings: including gatherings of friends and families in private spaces, for example, family homes, weddings and religious services.
Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus Covid-19: these symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough. People in this category of risk are
1 Solid organ transplant recipients.
2 People with specific cancers:
a people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
b people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
c people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or
myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
d people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
e people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system,
such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
f people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or
who are still taking immunosuppressive drugs.
3 People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and
severe chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD).
4 People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID,
homozygous sickle cell).
5 Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.