As of 30th May 2022 a lot of the infection control measures for healthcare settings were relaxed. The main request that still remains in place is please do not attend the clinic without first talking to me if:
- you have tested positive for covid-19 or any other infectious disease within the past 2 weeks
- are currently unwell with sickness, cold/flu-like symptoms or a high temperature
- have been face-to-face with anyone who’s tested positive for an infectious disease or has been unwell themselves within the 2 weeks before your appointment.
These requests also apply to a chaperone as well as the person being treated.
The wearing of a mask is now (usually) optional during an appointment but this may change in the future. Mask wearing is an important measure to keeping us safer. Everyone is quite welcome to wear a mask if they would like to. If a situation arises that means it is advisable for your safety or the safety of others attending the clinic you may still be requested to wear a mask. This will be explained to you if required. Those who are clinically vulnerable to illness can discuss infection control procedures before their appointment if they would like to. It is possible to discuss extra measures if you’re concerned.
The guidelines for infection control procedures in healthcare settings can be found via this link https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/C1636-national-ipc-manual-for-england-v2.pdf