Face Masks/ Coverings The Wessex Foot Clinic will continue to require all staff, patients, carers and visitors to wear a face covering whilst on the premises.
From 19 July in England, social distancing and face coverings will not be mandatory for the general public in most places. However, as healthcare professionals we work in a high risk setting with clinically extremely vulnerable patients. Public Health England requires us to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) and be careful to continue to take precautions.
There are still cases of COVID-19 in England and there is a risk you could catch or pass on the virus, EVEN IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED.
The main way of spreading COVID-19 is through close contact with an infected person. When someone with COVID-19 breathes, speaks, coughs or sneezes, they release particles (droplets and aerosols) containing the virus that causes COVID-19. These particles can be breathed in by another person. The particles can also land on surfaces and be passed from person to person via touch. We have a legal duty to manage risks to those entering our business premises. The way we do this is by carrying out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to taking reasonable steps to mitigate the risks we identify. These steps include:
cleaning properly between each patient
cleaning surfaces that people touch regularly
maintaining social distancing where possible, by using more than one treatment room,
ensuring that staff, patients, carers and visitors who are unwell, do not attend the workplace or venue
communicating to staff, patients, carers and visitors the measures we have put in place.