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  1. 22nd March 2020 Covid-19

    Correct at time of writing. Government advice may change.

    Have you been exposed to the virus? Do you have any of the following symptoms?

    • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
    • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
    • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
    • Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

    As a health care provider, my clinics and home visits are still operating albeit limited services. Over the coming days, I will be contacting everyone who has scheduled appointments to discuss their needs and ensure appointments are necessary before attending.

    If I or any member of my household develops symptoms I will be rescheduling ALL appointments.

    Most of my clients are at HIGH RISK if they were to contract Covid-19 and as such I will do my utmost to limit exposure to them and myself.

    What does HIGH RISK mean? :-
    • COPD, Lung Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Over 70 and/or in general poor health
    • These are factors that put you at risk of serious complications if you contract COVID-19.
    • If you are in urgent need of podiatry/ chiropody, of course I will see you, but please let me know your situation so I can ensure your safety and make sure your appointment is timed appropriately for your own safety.

    During our conversation, I will be asking the following questions of everyone:-
    1) Is this appointment essential to go ahead or can we reschedule?
    a) Not essential – contact once restrictions in movement ease to reschedule appointment.
    b) Assessed as not essential at time, but then foot pain occurred and cannot wait until restrictions have eased- contact me and we will arrange an appointment.

    Appointment is deemed necessary if you are in pain or discomfort with your feet AND the risk of not been seen is greater than the risk of potential exposure to the virus.

    2) Have you or ANY member/visitor to your home had any symptoms of cold or flu? Particularly a dry cough and/or high fever? – Appointment cancelled and advised to contact me once you have had 3 weeks clear of symptoms and we can reschedule.

    3) Have you been abroad in the last few months?
    a) Yes-Have more than 3 weeks passed since your return and have you been free of symptoms?
    i. Yes- appointment goes ahead as scheduled.
    ii. No- appointment rescheduled to when time has lapsed (assuming you have not displayed any symptoms- see Q2).
    b) No – appointment can go ahead as scheduled

    4) Have you knowingly been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19?
    a) Yes- self isolate for 14 days, see NHS 111 for further guidelines. Appointment rescheduled.
    i. If no symptoms develop- appointment can go ahead after 3 weeks have lapsed.
    ii. If symptoms occur, then appointment can be made once you have been clear of symptoms for 3 weeks.
    b) No- appointment can go ahead as scheduled.

    I already practice use of personal protective equipment and good hygiene measures. I still cannot mitigate every risk of your potential exposure to the virus. If you ask me to continue with the appointment, you do this at your own risk. Please consider your own and others safety before asking me to attend an appointment.

    Stay safe everyone. We will get through this.
    Thank you for reading this and cancelling all unnecessary appointments.
    Your sincerely,

    Clara Hill
    Podiatrist

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