Covid 19: Re-opening information

Re-opening guidance from the Government and Acupuncture Professional Associations

Root and Branch Acupuncture will be partially re-opening from Friday May 29th to see a limited range of patients in compliance with advice from Government (Return to Work Safely Protocol: Covid-19 Speecific National Protocol for Employers and Workers) and my Professional Association, The Traditional Chinese Medicine Association Ireland, (Covid-19 Supplementary Guide for returning to work safely).

The Traditional Chinese Medicine Association Ireland advises that when members re-open their clinics they should do so for ‘essential services’ for patients who do not have Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19.

Examples of ‘essential services’ include: 

  • Patients with severe pain
  • Patients whose chronic conditions have deteriorated or may deteriorate without treatment
  • Time dependent treatments – e.g. fertility treatments
  • Supporting the health and well-being of frontline workers

If you would like to discuss your circumstances with respect to the above please get in touch by phone (087 2888096)

Opening safely – what this means in practice

To keep clients and practitioner safe, a range of measures will be employed concerning hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, surface cleaning, timing of appointments and time spent with patients.

As the practitioner, I will be:

  • washing hands and using hand sanitiser before and after treating each client
  • wearing a mask,
  • cleaning surfaces after each treatment
  • allowing adequate time between appointments to clean and ventilate the treatment room
  • undertaking initial consultations/subsequent discussion of treatment progress by phone so as to reduce time spent together in the treatment room

Clients will be asked to:

  • Assess their own likelihood of having Covid symptoms and exposure to others with Covid or symptoms of Covid before making an appointment.
  • Remain in their cars until invited by text to enter the premises
  • Wash their hands immediately upon arrival
  • Wear a mask if possible

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