During this unprecedented time when COVID-19 remains a risk to us, we have had to alter our practise and ways of delivering our service.
Both physiotherapists and clients have a responsibility to play their part in reducing any risk.
We know that COVID-19 can be transmitted in the air as well as on surfaces.
We also know that certain groups of people have a higher morbidity and mortality rate, these are:
- Older population (over 70 years)
- Men more than women
- high BMI
- People with a weakened immune system
The following conditions would put you in the High Risk Category (Extremely vulnerable)
- Organ transplant
- Current cancer treatment
- Severe lung condition (e.g. Cystic Fibrosis, Severe asthma, severe COPD)
- High dose of steroids or immunosuppressants (which increases the risk of infection)
- Serious heart condition
The following conditions would put you in the Moderate Risk Category (Vulnerable)
- Over 70 years
- Lung condition (e.g. asthma, COPD, emphysema, bronchitis – not severe)
- Heart disease (e.g. heart failure)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Liver disease (hepatitis)
- Some neurological conditions
- Prone to infection
- Taking any medication that can affect the immune system (e.g. low dose steroids)
You should not attend any appointment if you have any symptoms of COVID-19:
- High temperature
- New, continuous cough
- Loss or change to your sense of taste or smell)
- You have been in contact with a known COVID-19 case in the last 14 days.
We would recommend the government’s website for all up-to-date information:
In order to reduce any risk, we have taken the following steps:
- As much information as possible will be taken over the phone
- On arrival you will be screened for any COVID symptoms (including a temperature check)
- Social distancing will be adhered to as much as possible.
- PPE will be worn when coming within 2 metres
- All surfaces and equipment will be cleaned after patient use