COVID POLICY UPDATE
EFFECTIVE FROM 19TH JULY 2021
Further to the announcement from the Government on 12th July 2021 in relation to the easing of National Covid Restrictions for Social Distancing and Wearing of Face Coverings from 19th July 2021, the Practice has undertaken a Covid Risk Assessment for moving forward.
As there remains an ongoing requirement for self-isolation if there has been contact with a positive case, the Practice has had to take the decision not to allow clients back into the consulting rooms at this time. This decision has not been taken lightly, but we feel it is necessary to ensure that we are not left in a position where the care we are able to provide is adversely impacted by losing vets and nurses forced to self-isolate as a result of contact with clients who may subsequently test positive. This would be particularly difficult during the upcoming school holiday period when we have reduced staff numbers due to annual leave.
Face coverings in the waiting room will be optional from 19th July, although we strongly encourage clients to continue their use. Hand sanitiser will still be available at entrance/exit points. We ask clients to continue to limit the number of people attending appointments where possible to ensure that the waiting room capacity is not overwhelmed. We also request that clients remain seated in the designated spaces unless otherwise instructed by a member of staff. Screens and barriers in the waiting room and at Reception will remain in place.
We request that clients do not attend the surgery premises if they or anyone in their immediate household or support bubble has symptoms of or has tested positive for Covid-19 in the preceding 10 days. In addition, we ask that clients do not attend the surgery if they are self-isolating as a result of contact with an infected person or as a result of recent foreign travel from countries where quarantine on arrival in the UK is required.
We would like to thank our clients for their continued patience and understanding as we work through this difficult time. This situation will be reviewed when the guidance for self-isolation in the vaccinated population is re-evaluated by the Government on 16th August 2021.