Covid-19 policy - Updated 19th June 2020
Corona Virus (COVID-19) Update Please Read Below:
The Clinic will be partially reopening from the 1st June 2020.
but for URGENT or NECESSARY Treatments ONLY.
Please read ALL of the Below Carefully then click "Agree and Continue" to proceed
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,The Dunstable Foot Clinic will be open in the mornings from the 1st June to provide a service to individuals who have conditions which are greatly affecting or significantly impacting their everyday living activities and lives. To help reduce the burden on the NHS and GP practices, we will remain open to individuals if it is URGENT or NECESSARY.
A definition of 'urgent' or 'emergency' appointments involve consultations with clients who have pre-acute or painful conditions. Both practitioner and client agree that skilful intervention would help prevent further physical harm and deterioration. Or, the individual has urgent care needs and believes that intervention from a Foot Health Practitioner could prevent them from seeing a GP or attending A & E. If you do NOT see your current condition as URGENT or NECESSARY, please do NOT book an appointment.
Thank You for Your Understanding
Clinic availability hours to these individuals can be viewed below:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 1pm
Bookings can ONLY BE MADE ONLINE (prior to the 1st June) by clicking "Book Appointment Online"
Before Booking an Appointment:
Please do not book an appointment or attend the clinic for any reason if you have any of the following:
1) Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of any of the following:
a new continuous cough
a high temperature
a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If you have any of the symptoms above you should self-isolate at home.
2) Patients that have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or any related illness WILL be asked to reschedule or NOT book an appointment.
3) If you have been in direct contact with anyone who could be infected OR if you or someone you have been in contact with or has returned from any affected country in the past 14 days, please reschedule your appointment.
4) IMPORTANT - Practitioners CANNOT be in contact with any individuals who are within an EXTREMELY VULNERABLE and SHIELDING category which can be read in the gov.uk website (Click here to view) and listed in part below:
Who is ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ (Sheilding)?
Expert doctors in England have identified specific medical conditions that, based on what we know about the virus so far, place someone at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Clinically extremely vulnerable people may include the following people. Disease severity, history or treatment levels will also affect who is in this group.
Solid organ transplant recipients.
People with specific cancers:
people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD).
People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell).
People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase the risk of infection.
Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
People in this group should have been contacted to tell them they are clinically extremely vulnerable.
If you’re still concerned, you should discuss your concerns with your GP or hospital clinician.
Health & Safety, Cleaning & Disinfecting Modifications
While efforts to contain COVID-19 continue to evolve. The Dunstable Foot Clinic will be taking the following STRICT RULES and steps to reduce transmission:
Health and Safety Guidelines for Infection Control and Hygiene:
- Social distancing will be enforced. Where possible, maintain 2m apart (6 feet) from others at all times.
- Only the patient (and carer where necessary) may enter the clinic. Do not bring aditional people as waiting is not allowed.
- Appointment times have been staggered to reduce the number of people in the clinic. Please do not arrive early or stay after your treatment.
Your Practitioner will wear the following:
- Disposable latex or vinyl gloves throughout the treatment (changed after each patient).
- A face mask at all times (changed every 2 to 3 hours).
Clients will be asked to wear the following:
- A face mask
- Gloves are optional but you must use the sanitiser provided to cleanse your hand's prior treatment (and afterwards is advised)
If you do not have a face mask then a complimentary Face mask will be provided to patients by The Dunstable Foot Clinic from the front desk
1.) Treatment areas, chairs, treatment equipment, door handles and surfaces are wiped down with an approved virus and bacteria-killing products between each client and throughout the day.
2.) An extra 10 minutes has been put in place at the end of each appointment for cleaning the above surfaces listed, as can be viewed whilst booking online.
3.) Paper rolls ONLY will be used (no towels will be used).
4.) All flooring in the clinic is mopped and cleaned every day.
5.) All clients are now asked to wash THEIR hands with antibacterial hand sanitiser. Alcohol-based sanitiser and wipes have been placed in the clinic for patients to use.
6.) Your practitioner does and will clean their hands with antibacterial hand wash regularly i.e. after every client, before treating/ touching clients and after touching any surfaces (as practised before the pandemic).
Other Steps to Stay Healthy:
Wash your hands regularly throughout the day with warm water with soap for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Clean frequently touched items e.g. doorknobs, countertops, keyboards, phones - especially your mobile phone!
Cover your cough and sneezes with the inside of your elbow, or better still a tissue/ handkerchief.
Boost your immune system by getting adequate sleep (Adults: 7-9 hours; children need more).
Minimise stress; TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Perform moderate regular exercise (especially in the outdoor fresh air)
Maintain a healthy diet.
Small Steps Everyday