Update – reopening Face to Face! 10th July 2020
From 15th July Face to face psychological therapy will be possible, and from the 22nd physical therapy will also be possible
Please note that to receive face to face therapy you must first complete the new consent form HERE
You should read the consent form carefully and revisit it if you forget content. You must not attend if you or anyone you have had contact with in the last 14 days have had any COVID symptoms (see below). You must not attend if you have visited any locked down areas, countries or hot spots, or countries not on the Scotland open air travel list in the last 14 days. You must not attend if you have any reason to think you may have been exposed to COVID-19. You must not attend if you are ill with any other infectious illness. You should consult carefully before attending if you or anyone you support or live with is shielding.
Before attending you must ensure you are not symptomatic and where possible please check your temperature.
On the way to attending you must obey mandatory rules on public transport.
On arrival you may be required to have a touch free temperature check.
On arrival, departure and if using the toilet (only to be used if urgent) you must use hand cleaning protocols.
You must wear a face covering during sessions
You may not bring food, drink or a companion to sessions.
You may not wait around the premises before or after sessions, please arrive within 5 minutes of time.
Please check your session time carefully, sessions will have to be staggered to allow for extra cleaning and to prevent groups arriving at once.
You must tell us and remain using virtual sessions if you become symptomatic, any of the other risks apply, or if you have allergies or contra indications to cleaning or hygiene products that may be used for infection risk reduction.
Booked sessions will have the capacity to be virtual, and if you can not or should not attend in person, your session will default to being virtual via doxy.
Update 4th June (previous Update 24th March)
Corona Virus Update – Scotlandtherapy
We are now as a country in Lock down. Please do not attempt to attend any venues. All sessions are virtual using doxy.me
Although lock down is now easing, the professional bodies and regulators are still instructing psychological therapists that it is not appropriate to do face to face sessions at this time. We are however preparing the necessary training, precautions, safety measures and PPE for when it is indeed time to return.
Stay safe, stay well, stay at home!
As you will no doubt already be aware, the COVID-19 virus is now spreading in the UK, with the first 2 cases in Edinburgh today (12th March).
The official government advice can be seen at the NHS site https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Scotland workplace advice https://www.gov.scot/news/workplace-advice-contained-in-new-coronavirus-guidance/
Your role as a client:
If you have symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, do NOT attend your session in person, simply arrange to have a virtual session using Skype or Zoom. If you are seriously ill with the virus, such as being in hospital, let us know as soon as possible and you will not be charged for the duration of serious illness.
When it is safe to return to face to face sessions, there will be additional precautions to carry out before each session. These include a check list of symptoms including fever, and possible exposure. Further checks will be carried out on site.
Remember the key symptoms:
- Dry cough
- High Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of smell or taste
- Unexplained rashes or COVID-toe
- Extreme fatigue
- Head pains
- Severe muscle pains
Additional symptoms, not recognised by the government yert, are also listed on official sites such as those of the World Health Organisation, and the British Medical Journal
So in short if you have these symptoms, or have had contact with an infected person, then self isolate and call NHS 24 for testing via the 111 phone line. See the above link for more information and advice.
Additional: According to new studies, the initial period of mild coughing and very few symptoms is the most infectious, so please do not ignore a dry cough that has no other obvious cause!
Incidentally if you have any infectious illness the above should also apply. The cancellation rules are clear, you are still liable for sessions if unwell, unless this requires critical / hospital care. You can however still have a virtual session.
If you cough or sneeze, remember the catch it and bin it protocol, avoid touching your face, and use hand washing and sanitising protocols frequently, especially after touching surfaces, or coughing or sneezing.
You are advised to carry your own water or food with you and use disposable cups at coffee shops for the duration of the outbreak. Avoid food, glasses or cutlery that are not sterile.
Remember that even if you have a less harmful virus or illness, spreading it could make other people more vulnerable to COVID-19.
Our role as a healthcare provider
Before lockdown we were insuring careful practice at our clinic locations, and were liaising with the management of each to ensure warm water and soap, and or hand sanitiser are available at all locations, and other deep cleaning procedures were being followed.
We were also ourselves carrying hand sanitiser as well as an extra precaution, and we are applying antiviral sprays to rooms and surfaces repeatedly throughout the practice day.
We were already rewashing all cups and glasses at the start of each day in warm soapy water as recommended so as to be sure that these are clean.
- During Lockdown we have switched to online support via virtual sessions, using a custom and secure package called Doxy.
- We have also ensured additional support via google drive resource files and Limbic smartphone technology
- After lockdown we will have comprehensive additional precautions in place for prevention and control.
If I (Stuart) have to self isolate, then unless I am incapacitated by the virus, I will be available for virtual appointments.