Who would have thought that, when seeing our last patient of the day out on Wednesday evening 18th March, there would be no more patients through the clinic door for several months?
We have, of course, seen many of you “virtually” and have put our skills to the test coming up with innovative ways to treat neck, shoulder and back pain, stiff hips and knees as well as to start and progress rehab programmes for joint replacements, MS and stroke over the various online platforms. We have been delighted with the results we have seen and the feedback from patients and carers has been great!
As we start to exit lockdown, many clinics are starting to offer in-person appointments again. Our approach to re-opening, however, is to be cautious.
When deciding how to proceed, we will continue to take into consideration the guidelines from our Professional bodies and Scottish Government. We must be mindful of the R rate and of the potential challenges the track and trace system poses for small independent businesses like ours. We also cannot ignore the harsh economic reality of having to operate at a significantly reduced capacity.
Physio Ecosse will not be open for “business as usual” face-to-face consultations in the meantime but will continue to offer the same high-quality assessment and treatment that you have come to expect via virtual physio.
So for now, we believe that the screens of our phones and tablets are the best PPE to keep us all safe and we will continue to refine and improve our virtual sessions so that you can be confident that you are getting the best treatment available to you at this time!