CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FOR ALL PATIENTS AT COMPLETE PHYSIOTHERAPY

In light of the current events relating to Coronavirus, we would like to inform all patients and members of the public that Complete Physiotherapy is still open and treating patients.  We are performing stringent additional infection control implementations as advised by the NHS and Government in order to prevent or reduce the risk of contamination.

Hand hygiene is essential to reduce the transmission of infection in health and other care settings and is a critical element of standard infection control precautions (SICPs). All staff, patients and visitors should decontaminate their hands with alcohol based hand rub (ABHR) when entering and leaving areas.

Hand hygiene must be performed immediately before every episode of direct patient care and after any activity or contact that potentially results in hands becoming contaminated.

Where no running water is available or hand hygiene facilities are lacking, such as in a patient’s home, staff may use hand wipes followed by ABHR and should wash their hands at the first available opportunity.

Respiratory and cough hygiene – ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’
Patients, staff and visitors should be encouraged to minimise potential COVID-19 transmission through good respiratory hygiene measures:

● Disposable, single-use tissues should be used to cover the nose and mouth when sneezing, coughing or wiping and blowing the nose. Used tissues should be disposed of promptly in the nearest waste bin.
● Hands should be cleaned (using soap and water if possible, otherwise using ABHR) after coughing, sneezing, using tissues or after any contact with respiratory secretions and contaminated objects.
● Encourage patients to keep hands away from the eyes, mouth and nose.
● In common waiting areas or during transportation, symptomatic patients may wear a fluid-resistant (Type IIR) surgical face mask (FRSM), if tolerated, to minimise the dispersal of respiratory secretions and reduce environmental contamination.