Frequently Asked Questions
About COVID-19


Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19

Here at The Richards’ Centre we have Frequently Asked Questions COVID-19 that are in line with the current Government advice guidelines, and in alignment with other healthcare professionals operating in the private practice.

Can I still operate my practice from home during COVID-19?

While there is a legal restriction in place on visiting friends and family at residential properties for social purposes, as far as we know there is currently no restrictions to accessing a residential property that is also a designated as your place of work or business.

For osteopaths however, operating their practices within their own homes, it is very important that they not only follow and apply to the guidance on infection control, risk assessments and mitigation, but that they also put in additional measures in place to ensure that those entering avoid mixing with other members of the household, and only have access to areas that are vital to the treatment area.

What actions do I need to put in place?

Before consultations can be considered in your clinic, you must have undertaken a risk assessment of the working environment for which you are responsible, and demonstrated how you might have mitigated these risks, and recorded these.

You must also ensure that effective infection prevention and control measures are in place, such as Face coverings, PPE, and hand Sanitizer.


What should I do if a patient shows symptoms of COVID-19 after visiting the clinic?

For anyone that has been in direct contact with the patient, for example, within two meters for 15 minutes or more, or within one meter for any amount of time, if you’ve been wearing PPE in line with the government, then you do not have to isolate.


However, if you subsequently experience symptoms of COVID-19 we recommend you seek testing: If you test negative you can return to work, but if you test positive, you will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks and follow government guidelines.  

About The Richards’ Centre

Since 1985, we may have changed our name, logo and the size of our clinic, but we are still family owned and managed, with the same values and ethos.

Three Bridges Road is the only location of The Richards’ Centre, so we can  continually provide the best service possible to our patients and the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Painless Nail surgery is a ‘surgical procedure’ under local anaesthetic. As in dentistry, the toe is numbed first, before a tourniquet (to prevent blood flow) is put around the toe. Phenol is put onto the ingrown toenail to prevent re-growth, which should make it painless.

Painless surgery is available:- Mondays and Wednesdays, including evenings and Saturdays. All Ingrown Toenail surgery is carried out at THE RICHARDS’ CENTRE by experienced Podiatrists.

An advanced, delicate form of treatment, which encourages the release of stress and tension in the body. Cranial Osteopathy is not limited to treatment of the head, as the name suggests, but can be used on any area in the body. It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and may be used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from birth to old age.

Advanced training is given to enable the Osteopaths to detect very subtle, rhythmical changes present in all body tissue. This Involuntary Motion is known as the Cranial Rhythm, first described in the early 1900s and confirmed to exist in a series of laboratory tests in the 1960s and 1970s. Tension from stresses and strains, both past and present, can disrupt this rhythm.

Practitioners compare how your current rhythm feels, sluggish etc. to what they feel could be achieved. They use gentle treatment techniques to bring your body towards a more balanced, regular state

Whilst back and neck pain are the most common problems seen, we treat every joint and muscle in the body – arms, legs, feet etc. Osteopathy can help with a wide variety of problems that affect the muscular-skeletal system – the body! There are pages here that give more detail of the treatment of sports injuries, babies and children, and maternity patients.

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