At Absolute Health, we are accustomed to using practises to reduce the risk of cross-infection on a routine basis. We intend to stay open so we can help you when you need us, but we must follow government guidelines.
The new government regulations  allow private osteopathy and chiropody clinics to remain open and for patients to travel to these clinics for medical treatment. If this legislation changes, we will update our policy.
If you are in an 'at risk' group (see below) you may have been requested to self-isolate for a period of up to 12 weeks. If you are able to leave your house for medical services and accept the risks involved, you may be offered an osteopathy or chiropody appointment. You will be asked to sign a consent form confirming you understand the risks involved.
We think the people who may want to take the risk of visiting us will be the people in significant pain, for example back / shoulder / neck pain, ingrowing toenails, etc.
If you, or someone in your household, has a raised temperature or a dry cough, you must not visit us as you may be a carrier of the coronavirus and this poses a risk of spreading the virus to clients or practitioners of the clinic.
We are happy to do telephone or video consultations where possible to help with musculo-skeletal (MSK) and foot health problems, but there will be a fee for this service, to help our business survive. Both MSK and Chiropody patients may also be given strengthening and stretching exercises by phone, email, or demonstrated in a video call.
If Sophie or Richard get symptoms of COVID-19, we will have to close the clinic completely for at least 14 days.
If we call or email you, or you call or email us for any general enquiries, there is no fee to pay.
Thank you for your understanding at this challenging time.
Sophie, Richard and all the team at Absolute Health [27 March 2020].
 Statutory Instruments 2020 No. 350 Public Health, England: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. Clause 37, Part 3 of Schedule 2 exempts "Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services related to mental health."
Broadly, there are four risk groups: