15th January 2021
Following the Prime Minister's latest announcement concerning a nationwide lockdown from Wednesday, the Government has confirmed the advice for medical appointments is unchanged. Therefore Podiatrists can remain open, including home visits.
As the Government releases more information, the College will keep members up to date and I will adjust this announcement and keep my patients well informed ahead of their appointments. If you would like to cancel your appointment, please get in touch ASAP.
I am mindful that I have a predominantly vulnerable caseload and have kept a very low profile since the start of the pandemic. I will contact you in advance on your next appointment, but if you feel you may pose any risk to me at all, please cancel your appointment.
I continue to monitor the advice from the Government and The College of Podiatry closely and can reassure you that I have been following all advice to date to the letter. I do have the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (goggles, gloves, masks, aprons etc) and can minimise risk by not touching anything in your home.
Home visits across all three tiers (Medium, High and Very High) may continue as long as visits are risk assessed, the correct PPE is used and infection control protocols followed.
* Treatment must be undertaken in a well-ventilated room.
* You must wear a face covering or mask, unless you have been shielding, self-isolating or are medically exempt.
* Please could any other members of your family be in another room.
* Appointments must be as short as possible, as per the recommendation by The College of Podiatry. I would be very grateful if you could please bare this in mind.
In addition to my usual hygiene measures, I use Clinisept+, an antimicrobial spray which is proven to kill coronavirus, it is also dermatologically tested and therefore safe to use on skin. I will continue to follow the College of Podiatry's strict hygiene and infection control protocols which predate this pandemic. If you would like to purchase Clinisept+ please click here.
I undertake monthly coronavirus screening tests as an additional safety measure. All have been negative to date. I am awaiting my vaccine; the first dose is scheduled for Thursday 21st January. When you are offered a vaccine, I implore you to take it. I have been concerned by the number of my patients whom have stated that they do not want the vaccine. Please read this article.
Please note, my work area is within 10 miles of Eynsham. If you live outside of this area, please use the College of Podiatry's website to locate a podiatrist local to you.
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