Corona Virus Update – Scotlandtherapy
Update 24th March
We are now as a country in Lock down. Please do not attempt to attend any venues. All sessions are virtual using doxy.me
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.
Remember the key symptoms:
- Dry cough
- High Fever
- Shortness of breath
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
We are insuring careful practice at our clinic locations, and are 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 are being followed.
We are 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 are 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.
If I (Stuart) have to self isolate, then unless I am incapacitated by the virus, I will be available for virtual appointments.