My Return to Practice

After a ‘ lockdown’ closure of over 3 months, I am setting out below how and when my return to practice will be. The British Acupuncture Council has closely followed government guidelines and is my main advisory body regarding the changes I will be putting in place to ensure my practice is ‘Covid-secure.’

My current plan is to resume acupuncture consultations and treatments in the week beginning July 27th. It is possible that many people will wish to book or rebook soon after that date. I will do my best to accommodate more urgent health needs in this phased return to normal times.
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What will be different

Here are the key changes I am making to my practice for your safety and to minimise the risk any transmission of Covid 19:

  • After much consultation with medical colleagues in hospital settings and in a diversity of clinics, I will use UV lighting in between clients, to eradicate viral or bacterial residues from all surfaces in my consulting room. I include the details of it below if you wish to check it out for yourself:

  • The UV-C Mobile Room Steriliser will sterilise an entire room at the flick of a switch. Move this lightweight device into the centre of a room and set the timer – when you return, the room will be free from airborne contaminants and odours, and surfaces that are exposed to the light will also be sanitised.

  • I will require you to sign a self-declaration form in advance of each consultation, (emailed or texted back to me before the day of your consultation), confirming that you have none of the recognised possible symptoms of Covid -19, nor have knowingly been in contact with anyone showing these symptoms.
  • You may download the Self-Declaration form (it includes a reminder of Covid 19 symptoms) by clicking on one of the icons to the left. Alternatively use the Contact me page to request an emailed copy. N.B. If you can't print the page there will be a copy for you to complete and sign at your first appointment.

  • Our consultation will be in two parts. You have will have two appointment dates. The first part of your appointment will be an online (Zoom or Skype) or a phone diagnostic consultation. This I anticipate lasting between 20-30 minutes as it does in a typical ‘ normal’ session. During that time I will ask questions to formulate my treatment plan, based on your symptoms and how you have generally been. There will be a lot to catch up on in that first session! I will also ask you to show me your tongue if we zoom or skype, or to text/email me a photo of your tongue, prior to meeting you. In the second part of the appointment you will be booked in for the treatment. This means our actual contact time will be reduced to 20-30 minutes. For the time being, I will work from home (131 Goddard Avenue Swindon SN1 4HX).

  • Until we move to more normal times/ Stage 2) I will wear a mask during your treatment and ask you to do the same. If you don’t have one, I will provide you with a simple disposable paper mask. I may also wear a transparent visor and other PPE equipment, depending on the up to date guidelines from the British Acupuncture Council in July. I will avoid doing any treatments close to your face and upper body, unless we agree and it is really essential. The beauty of acupuncture is that there are many points and many ways of doing a good treatment, so this won’t be an issue. I may stay outside the clinic room for 10 minutes or so, once I have inserted your needles.

  • When you first arrive for treatment: Although taking temperature is not fool-proof, and you will of course have sent me a self-declaration form before I see you, I will take your temperature on arrival with a non-touch thermometer. I will ask you to sanitise your hands. I will open and close all doors so you do not have to touch these areas. All chairs and surfaces in my consulting room will be fully wipeable, and in addition to the UV light, I will fully clean the room and hall/stairway/bathroom between clients. As there will be no waiting area, I will arrange your appointment time so that I am ready to begin your treatment when you arrive.

  • Track and trace. If any client or I come into contact with someone showing symptoms of Covid 19, (according to the current ruling) we will be obliged to self- quarantine for 14 days. This would unfortunately necessitate a temporary re-closure of my clinic for that period. I would also of course need to shut my clinic in the event of another national 'lockdown'.

I hope the above information provides you with the reassurances both you and I need, at this time, that I will be diligent at all times and my practice will reflect a full awareness of what medical and scientific advisors have currently told us about the nature and transmission risks of Covid-19. If there is a change in guidelines before the end of July, I will post revised information.

I will be working exclusively from my home until the Health Hydro reopens. My home clinic room is on the first floor of the house, which requires climbing quite steep stairs. I realise this will preclude those less able from attending. Should you make enquiries, I am happy to notify you when I am able to return to work at the Health Hydro, where I have a ground floor consulting room. The building is wheel-chair friendly.

If you wish to make an appointment, based on the guidelines I have set out, please contact me by email.

Working hours and Fees:

I have yet to finalise my new working days and times. My fee will be £55. (£80 for a new client/1st appointment).

I will accept cash, cheques or BACS transfers.

I hope the above information helps to clarify my situation and yours with regard to your future acupuncture treatment. Do contact me with questions or comments if you’d like further clarification.

Last but perhaps most importantly, I strongly believe that acupuncture will play a valuable role in enhancing immunity, in supporting good physical and emotional well-being in the wake and aftermath of this pandemic.