COVID-19 AND FOOT HEALTH CARE

Last updated 31/10/20

Due to the recent announcement by the government of a second lockdown here is our advise for all our members. Please note that this is guidance for members of the PAFHP, other FHP's should contact either their learning provider or their own Associations for guidance. The PAFHP are basing this guidance on the service of 'other medical and healthcare services' as mentioned on the gov.uk website.

Treatments should still be allowable providing the following are set in place by all practitioners:

  • A triage system in place for all clients. Think of this as a traffic light system where only the ones classed as 'red' should be seen; for example, if a client is in pain and cannot walk due to a painful corn or ingrown/ingrowing nail. Diabetics are of course classed as 'in need' clients. Standard nail cutting is not essential and should be held off for as long as possible.

  • Pre-COVID-19 screening calls. All practitioners should be calling clients prior to visits and asking the appropriate questions regarding covid-19 systems and whether patients have been around anyone with symptoms or who may have visited having come from abroad or a recent tier 3 area of England.

  • Practitioners should try to limit the time spent in patients’ homes.

  • All practitioners should have a full risk assessment set in place.

  • Full PPE must be worn at all times and practitioners must be wearing full PPE when entering and exiting patients’ homes. Expected PPE is; mask, visor, gloves, apron/gown.

  • Leave your patient waste along with your PPE in a doube bagged, opaque bag outside the patient’s home after exiting and ask for them to dispose of this.

  • Hygiene - all equipment must be wiped down after exiting a patient’s home and as standard all instruments must be fully sterilised in an autoclave.

  • All practitioners have a responsibility to check their own temperatures on a daily basis and to ensure they have no signs and symptoms of covid-19 and should they do, to follow the government guidelines on self-isolation.

  • For those who work in clinc's, you should leave 10-15 min in between patients to fully sterilise your clinic environment and have sanitiser to dispense into clients hands upon arrival and request they wear at minimum a mask (unless they have specific health conditions which may exempt them).

The PAFHP are unable to assist for any practitioner who is closed down from practising by their local council/environmental health.

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