Are we over half way through the pandemic now; no one knows? As we face rising coronavirus cases and a return to countrywide lockdown for Wales what have we learnt to help us hang on until spring?
Let’s trust that next year we will be returning to more ‘normal’, less restrictive ways of living. It’s difficult to stay positive in the face of increasingly short grey days and falling temperatures. Christmas may be unrecognisable; let’s hope we can be with some of our close family and friends.
New ways of working
Personally after completing courses, risk assessments, changing clinic locations and developing new protocols it was great to return to work in July. I feel I have been on a huge, exhausting learning curve. Phew!
Clinic rooms are more ‘zen’ (read ‘empty’) to facilitate through cleaning between patients.
Reducing contact time, paperwork and cash handling became paramount. Treatments have a ‘room airing’ gap after. My well behaved patients can now complete a COVID screening questionnaire online (along with other admin). Payment is made in advance and patients bring a blanket with them and their own water bottle.
Treatment objectives are planned in advance. In my acupuncture work, it is helpful to see a patients tongue so I ask for a photo of this in advance. As we both need to wear masks on the treatment premises it isn’t always as easy to see expressions and understand non-verbal signals but treatments do seem to be effective. Reviews make all this extra work worthwhile.
fter 48 hours if either of us develop symptoms we must advise and act. Keeping up with national and local restrictions is vital and my membership body has a designated COVID email address which responds promptly to queries. It has proved invaluable.