The nurse clinic Covid-19 Policy -ensuring safe clinical practice

The following provides guidance for clinicians involved in the care of patients with otological disease in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The situation is rapidly evolving and guidance may change over time.

As an essential healthcare provider THE NURSE CLINIC remains open.

We regularly update ourselves on guidance from ENT UK, the professional body which provides support and guidelines for Ear, Nose and Throat Doctors and Nurses Nationally, in both the NHS and private sectors.

The external ear is not virus bearing and ear canal clearance should not generate risk of COVID-19 transmission where the tympanic membrane is intact

The middle ear and mastoid mucosa may be virus shedding and ear canal clearance poses a risk of viral transmission necessitating additional precautions

Demand for treatment of symptomatic patients following a pausing of services, with expectations heightened by the easing of lockdown an

We aim to operate a one in and one out system, so please don’t be offended if we don’t let you in until the patient before you has left. To assist with this we have extended the appointment times to further minimise exposure between patients, and to allow for enhanced decontamination of the room and equipment between appointments.

We ask patients to wear a face covering for the duration of the treatment 

If you or a member of your household has had any symptoms of covid 19 (New cough, fever, loss of smell) within the last 14 days we would ask you to postpone your appointment. Information to arrange a covid 19 test is available from  www.gov.uk. Further information help and advice is available from  www.nhs.uk.

Please attend the clinic alone unless a carer or guardian is required

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