Coronavirus (Covid19) Our Policies & FAQ's

 

 

This page will be updated and our working practices will reflect the governments advice and BACP best practice). Last updated 15/07/2022

Although the worst of the pandemic is now hopefully over, there is still a concern regarding Covid Sars 2.

Current Covid Statistics

The most recent statistics show that 2.7 million people, around 1 in 25 , currently have the virus. The good news is that although there has recently been an increase in infections, there has not been an increase in people becoming seriously ill. However, there are still some people becoming seriously ill and there are still 3 million people who remain unvaccinated. In hospital at this time, 15/07/2022, there are currently 274 people who have covid and need mechanical ventilation. This figure is considerably lower than the 3500 + that were in the same situation in January 2021.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations have proven to be very effective at preventing serious illness but much less effective at preventing infection. With covid continually mutating, new variants are able to infect people, although currently, as mentioned above, this is not resulting in serious illness.

Vaccines have already been updated and adapted to work against new Omicron variants and are currently being trialled. If these trials are successful then experts are predicting it is highly likely that the U.K will switch to using new vaccines within the next 6 months.

Omicron and Variants

Omicron is still the main variant of covid in the U.K. There are now "sub-variants" of Omicron which are thought to be causing most of the new infections. None of these sub-variants are currently being reported as big concerns. The main sub-variant is named B.A 5, which is proving to have a slightly higher chance of infecting or re-infecting people, even if they are fully vaccinated.

All current variants are much less severe than Delta or Alpha.

Our Policy

Listening to expert advice, it would seem that the U.K is currently very unlikely to return to compulsory restrictions on peoples freedoms such as mask wearing, restricted movement and lockdowns. This will seemingly only change in the event of a new severe and dangerous variant.

Given the current Covid landscape, we at the Milton Therapy clinic are happy to see people in person/face to face in our Therapy Studio. It is still our believe that we still all need to be mindful of Covid and act accordingly to prevent any unnecessary and preventable infections of the disease. This will help to keep the NHS functioning, protect vulnerable and unvaccinated people within our community, prevent work absence and keep our clients safe and healthy.

With all of this in mind, please see below for the key policies and procedures we currently have in place:

  • Risk Assessment - Where neccessary we will continue doing risk assessments with any possible face to face clients to ensure that any appointments meet current Government directives and BACP advice. This may include a short client questionnaire. We have also carried out a Risk Assessment of the therapy studio premises.

  • Masks/Screen - If you wish to wear your own mask during your Therapy session then please do so. If you wish for your Therapist to wear a mask then please discuss this with them. ​We also have a plastic screen that can easily be erected and placed between the therapist and yourself. At this time we are not using the screen unless a client requests it, so please do ask if you require this added measure.

  • Vaccinations - All Therapists currently working for M.T.C and from the Therapy studio are fully vaccinated.

  • Social Distancing - Although this is no longer a government requirement, we are continuing with a respectful social distancing, by seating the therapist and the client at either end of the therapy studio, which is more than 2 meters in distance.​ If you wish to be closer to your Therapist then please ask.

  • Hygiene: handwashing, sanitation facilities and toilets - We still advise that clients wash their hands before and after their session, either in the Therapy Studio or elsewhere. There is anti-bac gel available or hand soap in the bathroom.  Hand drying will be in the form of paper towels and should be discarded appropriately in the bins provided. We have added a twice daily cleaning of the toilet area.

 

  • Additional Hygiene -  In addition to our usual cleaning routine, your Therapist will continue to wipe all work surfaces, door handles and switches with anti-bacterial wipes at the end of every client session. And as an extra precaution your therapist will wash their hands between seeing clients.

  • Footfall/Usage of Studio - There will be no use of the Therapy studio by anyone other than 3 therapists and those clients who do have face to face appointments at this time. There will never be more than 1 Therapist in the studio at any given time.

Questions

 

What if I have a cough or cold or fever?

 

We are asking clients not to come to appointments in person if they suspect they are unwell with symptoms matching that of Covid 19. This does not mean that it is a necessity to cancel the appointment. If you feel well enough to do so, an alternative method can be used, such as an appropriate online platform or a telephone session. Your therapist will discuss options with you.

 

What if my therapist (or their family member) has a cough cold or fever?

 

All their appointments will need to be via an appropriate online platform or by phone. Any unplanned breaks due to illness will be managed in ways to minimise inconveniencing clients.

 

What if my therapist (or their family member) contracts Coronavirus?

 

Your therapist or the Milton Therapy Clinic will contact you directly to discuss options with you.  

 

What will happen to my face to face appointments if there is a further peak in Coronavirus cases and the UK is in full lock down again?

 

Should this happen your therapist will discuss with you alternative methods for the appointments to take place such as telephone or appropriate online platforms.

 

If you feel anxious about Coronavirus what can I do?

 

Please visit the NHS website: