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