SO WHAT NOW ?
I know that you have missed treatment and I have missed having you in clinic as well.
So what now?
Well ... almost business as usual folks, just a few lingering measures to limit risk of community transmission of this (and any other) virus. In fact some of these measures will remain in place as flu season is just around the corner.
What to expect?
Changes include pre-screening, staggered booking times to allow hygeine measures and reduce too many clients being around at the same time, updating of your details for an up to date contact register, availability of limited personal protection equipment.
Pre-screening is not only required under alert level 2, but a good practice moving forward as well. If you have fever, sore throat, sneezing, cough or loss of taste and smell, you need to let me know. This allows us to decide whether or not you should come in or postpone treatment, and if we bring you in, to do so at a time in the schedule to minimise risk of transmission to other clients. Generally you should stay home while symptomatic (unless you are seeking treatment for those viral symptoms)
In addition to the normal hand washing and sanitising conducted at all times, some surfaces and equipment will be disinfected between client visits. Also the waiting area has been modified to create one meter space between seats.
Contact registers need to be up to date, so each visit I will confirm your information with you
The MOH states under level 2 that risk of community transmission is low to minimal. Use or supplying of protective equipment will be considered on a case-by-case basis considering the low risk but also the age and general health of the client. If you prefer to wear a mask during your clinic visit you are free to bring one with you; supply allowing one may be provided for you.
As you can see, many of these measures are just common sense and should be applied moving forward where viral symptoms of any sort are present.
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to call and ask, live chat (if I can catch it) or txt/eMail at your convenience.