The physiotherapist should arrive at work in her own clothes and change into a clean uniform at work. She will then change out of work clothes, taking them home in a pillow case to be laundered at home at 60 degrees and/or laundry sanitiser.
Arms should be bare from the elbows down, nails short and neat, no jewellery and no varnish.
Hands will be washed with soap and warm water to the elbow for at least 20 seconds before and after each patient.
Physiotherapist will wear a N95 mask (one per shift) and a clean apron and gloves for each patient.
The Treatment Room
Tidy and clutter free. Couch without couch cover, pillows and couch covered in couch roll. Chair covered in couch roll. Basket for patient’s keys/phone etc, lined with couch roll.
Couch roll to be changed after each patient and the couch cleaned with hard surface sanitiser taking special note around the face hole.
PDQ machine sprayed with sanitiser before and after use.
Any surfaces touch by patient or physiotherapist cleaned and sanitised including ultrasound head.
Laptop wiped after each use with sanitiser
Towels and pillow cases changed after each patient.
All surfaces and sink wiped and sanitised at the end of each day.
Bin emptied as needed, and at end of day.
Patients will be assessed on the telephone by the physiotherapist. A virtual appointment will be given if at all possible.
If a face to face appointment is the only clinical option:
- must not have a temperature >37.8, a new continuous cough, or changed sense of smell or taste
- will not be seen if diagnosed with Covid-19 and should be self-isolating
- Must attend alone
- Will wash hands or use sanitiser or entering the building and before and after treatment
- Will take reasonable measure to avoid exposure to Covid-19
- Will not attend if feeling unwell
- Will maintain social distancing where possible in the building
Will be the usual length (45 minutes for a new assessment, 30 minutes for a follow up).
No new appointments will be made by reception until the physiotherapist has spoken with the patient to assess if a Virtual Appointment can be done.
A 15-minute gap will be between appointments to allow for cleaning.