Ben O’ Hara Covid-19 Policy document:

Due to Covid 19, new practices and procedures are now in place, guided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Health Service Executive (HSE), and Health Prevention Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

When booking an appointment, we will send a link to this clinic policy document, a pre-appointment screening form, and a treatment consent form to the patient to read. If a patient presents with symptoms of COVID-19, they will be directed to notice board signage that states the symptoms of COVID-19. Patient will be asked to leave, self-isolate and contact their GP or HSE Live on 1850 24 1850. If you need anything explained or have questions please call 086 204 5522.

Updated procedures

The following steps have been taken to minimise Covid associated risks:

· Hand sanitising stations are available.

· Removed all unnecessary items.

· Removed fabric accessories.

· Ventilated the room.

· Disinfected surfaces and reusable Personal Protective Equipment.

· Stored and disposed of all Personal Protective Equipment and waste as recommended.

· Osteopath has washed and disinfected hands.

· Using Personal Protective Equipment.

· Scheduled patients at least 15 – 20 minutes apart to allow time for cleaning and to minimise contact with other patients.

Making an appointment

  1. Patient contacts clinic by phone, or message. Five Pre-Appointment Screening questions are asked. Patients who answer “yes” to any of these questions they cannot attend for Osteopathic treatment.
  2. Patient receives the Treatment Consent Form with three statements. If the patient answers “no” to any of these three statements, they cannot attend for Osteopathic treatment.
  3. A link to the Covid 19 Policy Document will be sent in advance of the appointment.

Before treatment

  1. Patient reads the Pre -Appointment Screening Form, Treatment Consent Form and Covid 19 Policy document.
  2. Patient signs the Pre-Appointment Screening Form and Treatment Consent Form.

Getting ready for my appointment

  • Bring and wear a face mask from at all times. The face mask (available in pharmacies), should meet the regulations and WHO guidelines.
  • Bring a towel for personal use.
  • On entry wash and sanitise your hands. Place the tissue paper in bin provided.
  • Attend the clinic on your own, unless additional support is needed.
  • Do not wear gloves to clinic.
  • Leave your mobile phone in your pocket.
  • Before leaving the patient disinfects their hands in treatment room.

As per usual we operate a 24-hr cancellation policy. This includes patients who fail to turn up for appointment. Due to the restricted availability of appointments and the rising costs.

Treatment Consent Form

The current advice from the HSE is that COVID-19 is spread in sneeze or cough droplets. Transmission is possible by:

· Coming into close contact with someone who has the virus and is coughing or sneezing. Incubation can be up to 14 days.

· Touching surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on and bringing your unwashed hands to your face (eyes, nose or mouth).

Before attending Ben O’Hara Osteopathy patients must read COVID-19 Policy and then confirm the following:

I understand there is a risk of transmission of Covid 19 as a result of attending Ben O’Hara Osteopathy for treatment.

Please draw a circle around your applicable choice.

Yes, I understand No

I agree that Ben O’Hara Osteopathy cannot accept responsibility or liability for transmission of COVID-19, should I become infected.

Yes, I agree                                                   No

I have read, understood and accept the terms of Ben O’Hara Osteopathy COVID-19 Clinic Policy.

Yes, I have read understood and accept these terms


Signed (patient): _______________________

Signed (osteopath): _______________________

If you are not in a position to tick “Yes” to the three statements above and sign the form, we regret that we cannot provide you with osteopathy services at Ben O’Hara Osteopathyat this time.

Pre-Appointment Screening Form (Please circle applicable choice)

1. Do you have symptoms of cough, fever, high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, breathlessness, or flu like symptoms now or in the past 14 days?


2. Have you been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days?


3. Are you a close contact of a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID19 in the past 14 days (i.e. less than 2m for more than 15 minutes accumulative in 1 day)?


4. Have you been advised by a doctor to self-isolate at this time?


5. Have you been advised by a doctor to cocoon at this time?


Signed (patient): _______________________

Signed (osteopath): _______________________

Please note: Patients answer yes to any of these questions, they should not be attending for osteopathic treatment.

Symptoms of Covid-19:

According to the HSE, common symptoms of coronavirus include:

§ a fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above)

§ a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

At-risk groups:

There are some groups of people who may be at risk of serious illness if they catch coronavirus. The list of at-risk groups includes people who:

§ are over 60, people over 70 are particularly vulnerable and should cocoon

§ have a long-term medical condition - for example, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer, cerebrovascular disease, renal disease, liver disease or high blood pressure

§ have a weak immune system (immunosuppressed)

§ have a medical condition that can affect their breathing

§ are residents of nursing homes and other long-stay settings

§ are in specialist disability care and are over 50 years of age or have an underlying health problem.

High risk groups:

The list of people in high risk groups includes people who:

  • are over 60 years of age
  • have a learning disability
  • have a lung condition that is not severe (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema, or bronchitis)
  • have heart disease (such as heart failure)
  • have high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • have diabetes
  • have chronic kidney disease
  • have liver disease (such as hepatitis)
  • have a medical condition that can affect your breathing
  • have cancer
  • have a weak immune system (immunosuppressed)
  • have cerebrovascular disease
  • have a condition affecting your brain or nerves (such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, or cerebral palsy)
  • have a problem with your spleen or have had your spleen removed
  • have a condition that means you have a high risk of getting infections (such as HIV, lupus or scleroderma)
  • are taking medicine that can affect your immune system (such as low doses of steroids) have obesity
  • are residents of nursing homes and other long-stay settings
  • are in specialist disability care and are over 50 years of age or have an underlying health problem

What to do if you are at high risk

Take extra care to follow the advice on how to protect yourself from coronavirus. This means:

  • staying at home
  • social distancing
  • washing your hands regularly and properly

You do not need to self-isolate unless you have symptoms of coronavirus.

You should work from home if you are at high risk from coronavirus. If you cannot work from home and you have to go to your workplace, take extra care to:

  • practice social distancing where possible
  • wash your hands regularly and properly
  • ask the people in your life to take extra care to protect you from coronavirus.

If you develop a fever or any respiratory symptoms contact your GP or HSE Live on 1850 24 1850.

Very high-risk groups (extremely vulnerable):

The list of people in very high-risk groups include people who:

  • are over 70 years of age - even if you are fit and well
  • have had an organ transplant
  • are undergoing active chemotherapy for cancer
  • are having radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
  • have cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
  • are having immunotherapy or other antibody treatments for cancer
  • are having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
  • have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • severe respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis, severe asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, lung fibrosis, interstitial lung disease and severe COPD
  • have a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell)
  • are taking medicine that makes you much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids or immunosuppression therapies)
  • have a serious heart condition and you are pregnant

What to do if you are at very high risk (extremely vulnerable)

If you are in a very high-risk group, you need to cocoon. Read the HSE guide on how to cocoon.