3 March 2022
MASKS NO LONGER REQUIRED
It is no longer a requirement for clients to wear face masks during appointments. If you wish to continue to wear face masks, please feel free to do so. I am content to continue this on a case by case basis. The other hygiene standards will continue to persist by default, but use of PPE will only persist at the request of clients. Feel free to get in touch with me if you'd like to discuss.
8 January 2021
SERVICES OFFERED DURING LOCKDOWN
The FHT have advised that our profession is able to offer some therapy services during lockdown. Bookings can be taken on when there is a clear medical need to do so. A medical need could be described as:
Difficulty performing day-to-day activities
Difficulty sleeping (affecting function)
Affecting ability to work
If you feel that this or similar affect you, then I am happy to treat you at this time. The Covid-19 policy/risk assessment will be updated to cover stricter requirements for entry. Clients will be asked to wear medical grade face masks throughout treatment. This will be provided for you, free of charge.
A client may wish to seek advice from a doctor ahead of booking in to assess whether treatment is appropriate, or clients must contact me ahead of the appointment to assess whether treatment is necessary and cannot be deferred.
Face to face treatment for conditions that will go away on their own by utilising alternative methods will not be treated at this time.
The official statement from the FHT:
The supporting legislation has now been approved by parliament and based on additional guidance that the FHT has received from the government, we can now advise members that until the national lockdown is lifted, close contact services should onlybe provided to support clients who have a genuine health condition/medical need that requires urgent treatment and cannot be deferred. This might include, for example, clients who have an injury or health condition that is currently causing them severe pain or mobility issues, or is severely impacting their quality of life.
It is important that members assess their clients' needs on a case by case basis, prior to seeing them, to determine if treatment is essential and appropriate at this time. In the FHT's opinion, it would not be appropriate, for example, to treat clients for health complaints or injuries that are minor or self-limiting (which improve on their own), for stress relief, general aches and pains, or for relaxation or preventative healthcare purposes. While we fully appreciate the importance of supporting clients for these reasons, the focus should be on treating individuals with essential health needs only, where the benefits of treatment outweigh any potential risk. For those who have less urgent health needs, please defer their treatments until after the lockdown and offer them some self-care advice or remote support to help them in the meantime.
We also strongly advise members not to treat clients who are clinically extremely vulnerable during the lockdown, unless you are working alongside (or have a referral from) a statutory regulated health professional and your treatment forms part of a wider patient care package.
24 December 2020
To quote government guidance, you can legally travel for medical appointments 'to avoid injury or illness'. If you have concerns that the pain or mobility issues you are suffering from will result in injury, I am happy to discuss treatments with you. Look after yourselves.
4 December 2020
Just to confirm that we will continue to operate throughout December, regardless of whichever tier the Government put us in.
5 November 2020
McMullan Massage Therapy will continue to offer some services throughout this lockdown period. This is after careful consultation with one of my professional bodies (the FHT), who have been in working with Government to clarify our position. Their guidance is as follows:
'Having consulted with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), if you are a qualified member of the FHT and providing a therapy service to support a client who has a physical or mental health condition or injury, and this is clearly indicated in their consultation form, it is the FHT's understanding that this could be defined as offering a 'health service'.'
Therefore, if you feel that getting treatment from me would help support recovery from injury, or if you feel treatment would benefit your mental health, I am happy to see you throughout lockdown. Feel free to give me a shout if you'd like to discuss further.
12 July 2020
As of 13 July our industry finally got the go-ahead to reopen its doors. Therefore, I am very pleased and excited to start taking appointments again form Monday 13th. You can read everything we are doing to make appointments as safe as possible by reading our COVID-19 Policy here. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back and providing you the best treatment possible.
20 May 2020
Just to give you a quick update: Chances are MMT will be given the green light to re-open early July. It is possible to start booking appointments now. I have been working on some changes to procedure to ensure the practise is ready to manage clients in line with industry guidelines, including use of PPE, staggering of appointments and online booking forms. More information can be found by reading the COVID-19 Policy.
It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that McMullan Massage Therapy's doors continue to be closed in order to comply with the UK Government's response to COVID-19. As soon as the curtain is lifted, I will do my best to get in touch with you. In the mean time, if anyone is looking for self-care advice on how to get through this period while being stuck at home, don't hesitate to get in touch. I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for supporting and working with me over the last couple of years. It has been both humbling and wonderful to serve and get to know you. I hope that it won't be long before we meet again.