• Stuart Soffe

Covid-19 Notice of Re-opening

Last updated on May 27th, 2020

Chiropractors and other medical services were specifically exempt from The Health Protections Regulations (Coronavirus Restrictions) that came into effect on 26th March 2020. Following guidance from the British Chiropractic Association and an extensive risk assessment, I have decided to reopen Canary Chiropractic Clinic for face to face appointments.

However the appointments have to meet certain parameters in accordance with my risk assessment, guidelines from the British Chiropractic Association and Public Health England. I have therefore restricted my care to those requiring urgent care that is having an impact on their daily living. Unfortunately I will not be able to treat patients who fit the following criteria.

If you or anyone you live with has symptoms:

  • High temperature – your chest or back feel hot (you don’t need to measure your temperature)

  • New, continuous cough – coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Then do not come in and make sure you’re self isolating according to Government Guidance.

Government covid-19 stay at home guidance

Government guidance on social distancing for everyone

Consider the risk to you and others:

In some cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19) the symptoms and complications are severe or even fatal. The safest place during this pandemic is at home. Every time you leave your home you increase the risk of catching or transmitting Covid-19. Please reflect on this before coming.

People at higher risk should have had a letter from the NHS asking them to “shield” for 12 weeks, for example you’ve had an organ transplant or are on chemotherapy. Unfortunately, I will not be able to treat people within this high risk group.

There’s also a larger group of people who are at moderate risk from coronavirus. If this is you then you must speak to myself before coming in. These are people who:

  • Aged over 70

  • Are seriously overweight with a BMI of 40 or above (check at home if unsure)

  • Have a long-term lung condition (such as COPD, bronchitis or emphysema)

  • Have chronic heart, kidney or liver disease

  • Have diabetes

  • Have chronic neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease or MS)

  • Have problems with your spleen (e.g. sickle cell)

  • Have a weak immune system (e.g. HIV, AIDS, steroids, immunosuppressants or chemotherapy)

  • Are pregnant

NHS advice for people at high-risk

In Summary:


  • Do not come in if you should be “shielding” for 12 weeks as per Government guidance

  • Consider your personal risk factors before coming (e.g. aged 70 plus)

When coming the clinic please:

  • DON’T arrive early

  • DON’T bring unnecessary people with you into the clinic

  • Bring a freshly laundered towel with you (we’ll use it reduce contact during treatment)

  • Thoroughly wash your hands (or hand sanitise) when you arrive

  • Please do not bring accessory items such as bags and coats into the clinic

  • No cash please – we will use card payment.

  • Review relevant posters in the clinic

  • Note that we may leave some doors open to keep the air circulating and reduce touchpoints

  • Avoid touching things unnecessarily when you are in the clinic

  • Bring your own face mask covering if possible

What I am doing to reduce the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus:

  • PPE guidance is based on advice from Public Health England and including the use of disposable gloves, apron, surgical mask (IIR) and glasses

  • Adhering to Infection prevention and control guidance for pandemic coronavirus guidelines from Public Health England

  • Leaving a 30 minute gap between patient appointments to avoid patient to patient contact and allow for cleaning time

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