Patient information when considering face to face treatment. Updated 25/04/2021 
Due to the success of the Vaccination roll out in the UK and decreasing rates of Covid 19 infections the possibility of having a face to face consultation can now be considered in most cases. 
As our client we need to inform you that in the current environment leaving your home is likely to increase the risk of being exposed to Covid 19. You must also be aware that although the majority of people who contract Covid 19 recover there are groups of people within the population that are at higher risk of suffering more severe symptoms if they develop Covid 19. 
At the beginning of the pandemic the NHS defined 2 risk groups for Covid 19, High risk and Moderate risk. The definitions of these groups can be found in previous blog "Face to face treatment can continue during 3rd Lockdown" 
The vaccination programme has targeted both High risk and Moderate risk groups as a priority and it is likely that if you were in these groups you would have been offered or already had a vaccination. Research has shown that significant immunity can be gained within 3-4 weeks of your 1st vaccination so if your Vaccination was more than 4 weeks ago we are happy to considered face to face treatment if you are in either of these groups. Remote sessions are still available if you would prefer this type of consultation. 
If you are in a High risk or Moderate risk group and have chosen or been advised not to be vaccinated then a physio will contact you to do a risk assessment and discuss the pros and cons of attending face to face or having remote consultations. We continue to use PPE and follow NHS guidelines for infection control procedures to minimalise the risk of infection. 
If you are not in any of the risk groups for Covid 19 then we are happy to provide you with face to face sessions if this is your preference. 
What to do when arrive at the clinic 
Please make sure you have a phone and face mask on you before you enter the building. 
If it is your first time visiting the clinic, please ring us when you arrive and we will come down to collect you. 
The downstairs reception for the North Colchester Business Centre is open most days now, so if the doors open please proceed in to the ground floor reception and advise you are here for physio and then sign yourself in. 
If the doors do not open into the building either dial room 21 on the intercom system by the door, or call us 01206 579631 and we will come down to collect you. 
If you have been to us before, and can access the building, please sign yourself in and either ask the downstairs reception to let the physio clinic know you are here, or proceed up to the top floor by the stairs or lift, and then turn left down the corridor to room 21. The clinics reception door Office 21 will usually be open so please enter the room maintaining 2mtrs social distancing from staff and use the alcoholic gel provided to clean your hands. If the door of Office 21 is closed please wait by the door and reception staff will soon be with you. 
Before you proceed to see your physiotherapist your temperature will be taken with an infrared gun, admission to physio will be refused if your temperature is constantly greater than 38 degrees. 
Please contact us to rearrange your appointment if you have: 
- Been advised that you must isolate due to contact with someone who was infected with Covid 19. 
- Have had a positive PCR or lateral flow test in the last 10 days. 
- Have had a known contact with someone who has Covid 19. 
- Have developed a continuous cough, high temperature, or loss of taste or smell in the last 5 days. 
Regular updates will be available via our blog page on our website 
Colchester Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic 
Craig Fowlie and Associates Limited 
North Colchester Business Centre, 340 The Crescent, Colchester CO4 9AD 
01206 579631 
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Craig Fowlie 

Craig is a highly specialized physiotherapist with post graduate qualifications in Acupuncture and Sports and Exercise Medicine. 
He has worked with Professional Rugby sides in New Zealand and has assisted Great Britain Table Tennis at the World Team Championships and Olympic Qualifiers in Qatar and Germany. He is a consultant for the Governments Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme and has published and presented research in the Journal of Physiotherapy and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Annual Conference. 
Outside of work he enjoys participating socially in triathlon and running. 
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