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Appointment screening

I am maintaining procedures to minimise risk of transmission of Covid-19. I would appreciate it if you could consider the following questions and contact me directly if they raise any issues for you:

In the last seven days:


  1. Have you had a high temperature? (this can mean feeling hot to touch on your chest and back – you do not need to measure your temperature)
  2. Have you had a new continuous cough? (this means coughing a lot for more than an hour or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours – if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  3. Have you lost sensations of taste or smell?
  4. Have you had close contact (under 2 metres) with anyone with a confirmed Covid-19 diagnosis or someone exhibiting the above 3 symptoms in the last 14 days
  5. Have you recently travelled abroad and/or been instructed by the government to quarantine?
  6. Have you been contacted by the government or NHS and told to self-isolate for any reason?
  7. Do you fall under the clinically vulnerable category or the clinically extremely vulnerable category (see below)?
  8. Do you live with someone who is in either the clinically vulnerable category or the clinically extremely vulnerable category (see below)?
  9. I have taken the necessary government mandated steps of conducting a risk assessment and instituting new social distancing, hygiene, hand-washing and PPE procedures in my practice to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission. In the course of the consultation I will have to have non-socially distanced contact with you to perform the treatment, hence while I will meet very high standards of infection protection control, it is impossible to completely eliminate risk. Please let me know that you understand this and are happy to proceed with the treatment.

If you fall into the categories below, we need to have a conversation to assess your personal risk against the benefits of acupuncture treatment.

Clinically vulnerable people

People in this category of risk include:
1 Anyone aged 70 and older (regardless of medical conditions)
2 Anyone under 70 with an underlying health condition (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds) – such as:

a) chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis

b) chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

c) chronic kidney disease

d) chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis

e) chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy

f) diabetes

g) a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines (such as steroid tablets )

h) being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)

i) pregnant women


Clinically extremely vulnerable people

People in this category of risk include:

1 Solid organ transplant recipients.
2 People with specific cancers:

a) people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy

b) people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy

c) people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment

d) people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer

e) people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors

f) people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs

3 People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

4 People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell).
5 People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
6 Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
7 Other people have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs. GPs and hospital clinicians have been provided with guidance to support these decisions


Keeping you updated on how your visit will work:


Dear patient,
As you will be aware all public places have created new rules for visitors to follow for their safety and the safety of others. Please read through before attending the clinic. If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Social distancing

For social distancing reasons, unless you require assistance for specific support and care needs, I ask you to come alone for the appointment where possible unless a chaperone, parent or carer is required. Please leave accessory items (bags and coats) in the car, or travel with as little as possible.

Before arrival

If you or someone you live with develops symptoms of Covid-19 by the time of the appointment, please contact me before attending the clinic.

Entering the clinic

I have spaced out patient arrivals and departures so that all visitors to the clinic can remain socially distanced. You will receive a specific time for arrival. I would be grateful if you could enter the clinic at exactly that time.

Hand Sanitising

Please sanitise your hands immediately upon arrival, sanitiser will be provided or you can bring your own.  Please also sanitise your hands before leaving the clinic.

Face mask and respiratory hygiene

I am recommending that patients wear ordinary surgical masks to the clinic. You may bring your own or ask me to provide one for you upon entering the clinic.
If you need to sneeze or cough while in the clinic, please do so into a disposable tissue and throw it away immediately. Please wash your hands immediately after doing so.

I am also encouraging cashless payment where possible.

Thank you in advance

Alex Lochhead


Providing consent to treat you – at your appointment you will see a copy of this ‘screening and consent’ form below.  At the start of your session I will ask you to text me a note to confirm that you consent to the treatment on that day.

Covid-19 consent form

Covid-19 screening information

1  Have you had a fever in the last 7 days?

(feeling hot to touch on your chest and back)

2  Do you now, or have you recently had, a persistent dry cough?

(coughing a lot for more than an hour, 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours or worsening of a pre-existing cough)

3 Have you lost sensations of taste and smell?

4 Have you been in contact with anyone in the last 14 days who has been 4 diagnosed with Covid-19 or has coronavirus-type symptoms?

5 Have you been told to stay home, self-isolate or self-quarantine?

6 Do you or anyone that you live with fall into the ‘clinically vulnerable’ or ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ categories as defined below?

Consent for treatment

I understand that, because my treatment may involve touch and close physical proximity over an extended period of time, there may be an elevated risk of disease transmission, including Covid-19.

I give my consent to receive treatment from this practitioner, Alex Lochhead.

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