Tonic Acupuncture Longridge

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture & HomeBased Acupressure WebCam Consultations

A short video to explain some of the changes I have made for returning to a safe acupuncture practice

More details are below the video

What The British Acupuncture Council Advise 

At Tonic Acupuncture I take your health protection very seriously. The British Acupuncture Council (the professional body that I am a member of) have set their current safety guidelines, some of these are as follows;- 

  • Face to face consultations should be risk assessed to ensure the potential contagion risk to patient and practitioner is considered before an ‘in-person’ treatment is offered.

  • Face masks must be worn by both patient and practitioner throughout the appointment.

  • Close contact time should be kept to a minimum

  • Extra treatment modalities such as massage kept to a minimum.

  • To screen all patients before each face to face appointment for any potential Covid-19 symptoms.

 

Expansion of the rules

 

I have thought long and hard about how I can keep both my patients and myself as safe as possible during in-person appointments. I have needed to change how I manage your appointments.

 

If you have a pre-existing health condition that puts you into the ‘at risk’ category, then we will, together need to assess the risks versus benefits of you attending a face to face appointment and assess if a virtual session would be better. I may request permission from your GP or consultant to ensure they are happy with you attending the clinic for acupuncture, this is to ensure all potential risks have been considered. 

Keeping close personal contact down to a maximum of 15 minutes. This will reduce the chance of our acupuncture session being a risk of passing any virus, especially Covid-19. 

Appointment Process

I have decided to do the talking part (consultation) of the appointment over a WebCam chat (can be over the phone if the patient would struggle with this). Then a day or so after the webcam consult, you will attend the clinic for your acupuncture treatment. This keeps close personal contact time down to a minimum, but we still have time to talk through your health issues thoroughly. 

All new patients (or returning patients whose last appointment was prior to November 2019) need to book as follows;

Book both -

  1. WebCam Consultation (prior to acupuncture session) – New Patient– during online booking complete full pre-appointment health intake form.

  2. In-person Acupuncture Treatment – to be booked for the same day or a day or 2 after the webcam consult, where possible.

All returning patients who have received treatments from me since November 2019 may book as follows;

Book both -

  1. WebCam Consultation (prior to acupuncture session) – Returning Patients Only - during online booking complete full pre-appointment health intake form.

  2. In-person Acupuncture Treatment - to be booked for the same day or a day or 2 after the webcam consult, where possible.

 

During your webcam consult, we will discuss your health and well-being, then if a face to face consult is the best option, I will explain the procedures I have put in place to keep all as safe as possible.

If, during the webcam consult, it is deemed not suitable for you to attend a face to face appointment and a virtual session with acupressure is more suitable and safer, then your in-person appointment will be changed and refunded if needed.  This option will be discussed with you.

 

I am not accepting cash payments at all. All payments are taken online, if you don’t want to pay as you book, then you will be asked to enter your card details as these are saved via encryption, this enables a quicker payment and means you won’t need to bring your bank cards to your face to face session. Please see my privacy policy for full details on the security of these payments as I take your data security as seriously as your health protection.

Before During and After your face to face appointment

  • I will be wearing clean clinic attire that I change into on arrival at the start of each clinic session.

  • I will be changing my cotton apron between each appointment, these will be laundered before being used again.

  • I will be ensuring my hands are cleaned thoroughly before and after touching my patients.

  • I will be wearing, at a minimum, a surgical-grade fluid resistant face mask (IIR).

  • For any time that we are within 1mts of each other, I will be wearing a face visor or safety goggles. Click here if you wish to purchase a pair of safety goggles, they are £2.50 each and you will need to bring them in for each appointment.

  • I will provide you with an IIR fluid-resistant mask for each appointment. Remember your mask protects me, and mine protects you.

  • You will be asked to wash your hands before entering the clinic area

  • Blankets that will be used are silver foil emergency blankets, these are then bagged up and labeled for each patient for their next treatment. If you prefer, you can bring your own clean blanket. 

  • I will be leaving the room for 20 mins to allow you to rest whilst the needles are retained, you will get a doorbell to call me back in, should you need me.

  • The treatment area will be aerated for 30 mins and cleaned between each patient.

  • Each patient will be Covid-19 screened before each face to face appointment.

  • There is no late cancellation fee for any Covid-19 related reasons.

  • I will also cancel any appointments booked if I suspect my own health/Covid-19 risk.

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