My Current Practice for 2022 and beyond

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What is different ?

Here are the key changes I have made to my practice in order to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid:

  • Following consultation with other medical colleagues, I shall continue to use UV lighting in between clients, which I understand helps to eradicate viral or bacterial residues from all surfaces in the consulting room. I include the details of it below if you wish to check it out for yourself:

  • During the height of the pandemic and coming out of ‘Lockdown’, I asked clients to sign a self-declaration form in advance of each consultation, confirming that they had none of the recognised possible symptoms of Covid -19, nor had knowingly been in contact with anyone showing these symptoms. I would now simply ask that you do not attend an appointment if either of the above underlined factors applyt.

Your appointment:

During 2021 consultations were in two parts
with two separate appointment dates. The first part of your appointment - an online (Zoom or Skype) or a phone diagnostic consultation, lasting between 20-30 minutes. During that time I would ask questions to decide on your treatment, based on symptoms and how you have generally been. I would ask you to show me your tongue on Zoom or Skype, or to text/email me a photo of your tongue, prior to meeting you. In the second part of the appointment would be the treatment - about 25-30 minutes.This meant that our 'actual' contact time has been reduced.

This has been a useful strategy to minimise contact in the treatment room. However, I am now returning to ‘normal’ practice with a fully integrated session of 45-50 minutes. I am very happy, however, to continue with the split appointment if you would prefer this.

I am currently working only from my home clinic (131 Goddard Avenue Swindon SN1 4HX) but hope to return to the health hydro at some point this year.

MASKS : As of June 20th 2022 my governing body ( The British Acupuncture Council) indicated to members that masks are no longer mandatory in the consulting room. I will discuss the matter of masks with you when you book a treatment and am very happy to continue with mask-wearing if we both decide it’s best to do so. It may be that circumstances change in the future.

What to expect when you arrive for treatment::  I currently continue to take clients’ temperatures on arrival with a non-touch thermometer. There is hand sanitiser at the door. I will open and close doors so you do not have to touch these areas. In addition to the UV light in the consulting room, I will continue to fully clean access areas between clients.

NB. I don’t have a reception area so please wait outside until your scheduled time. I will open the front door a few minutes before hand to indicate my readiness.

  • If I come into contact with someone showing symptoms of Covid 19, I will, of course, be obliged to temporarily suspend my clinic.

I hope the above information provides you with the reassurances that I shall continue to reflect full awareness of any medical and scientific advice and will respond accordingly.

PLEASE NOTE: My home clinic room is on the first floor of the house, which requires climbing quite steep stairs. I realise this may be an inhibiting factor for some. If that is the case, I am happy to notify you when I return to work at the Health Hydro, where I have a ground floor consulting room and 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 days and Fees:

My working days are: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.

My fee is £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.