COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities albeit to a much lesser extent. This means that it is important that we all take personal responsibility to reduce the risk of transmission. Below I set out the measures that I have put in place to reduce the risk to both you and me and to ensure a safe treatment.
The measures implemented are adapted from guidance provided by the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), in addition to guidance from the Irish Massage Therapists Association (IMTA).
I continue to follow the latest preventative and risk reducing measures issued by the Department of Health. These include the use of PPE, face masks, and hand sanitisers. Surfaces are regularly sanitised, and plinth covers are replaced between clients.
In addition, I will be taking an antigen test at regular intervals as advised by the HSE.
I will no longer send a pre-treatment COVID-19 consulation survey. Instead, I ask that you consider the following questions and contact me if you answer 'yes' to any of the following.
1. Do you, or anyone in your household have any flu-like symptoms?
2. Are you experiencing a cough?
3. Are you experiencing a shortness of breath?
4. Have you had a fever (above 37.5C degrees) in the last 14 days?
5. Have you had any close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or you have been identified as a close contact, then I will require a negative antigen test on the day of your booked treatment. This is a required safety measure to make sure that you do not have COVID-19, or that you are not asymptomatic and possibly contagious.
A negative antigen test will be used as a additional measure to hand sanitisation, and mask wearing.
If you have a positive antigen test, get in touch and I will discuss rescheduling your appointment. I also recommend that you follow the advice available from the HSE on what to do if you have a positive antigen test.
I’m fully vaccinated in-line with the Department of Health’s guidance for my age group. Although I’m taking preventative measures, there is no guarantee that I will not contract the virus in the future. If this happens, I will:
a. contact clients that I have treated within the last 24 hours to inform them they may be potential close contacts. This information will also be shared with the HSE in line with Data Protection and the requirements of the HSE Test and Trace protocols
b. cancel any appointments for the coming 5 days and I will inform these clients why this is happening. Every effort will be made to rebook clients as soon as possible following the period of required isolation. Any further isolation will be communicated without delay.
These simple yet straightforward measures will help to reduce further risk to my clients and me, ensuring that the treatments that I provide are done in relative safety for all.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Stay safe and healthy.