Welcome to the Chingford and Cockfosters Podiatry Centres

COVID 19 STATEMENT UPDATED 12 May 2020

At this challenging time I wanted to let patients know my policy on COVID.

I intend to continue working as usual across the pandemic period as long as I remain COVID symptom free.

Alcoholic hand sanitiser is available in the waiting areas in both practices but if you feel unwell with a cough, temperature, or shortness of breath please call to reschedule your appointments for the protection of other patients and the wider community.

Based on guidance from both the government and the College of Podiatry as of 11 May 2020 we are now able to offer treatments to a much wider group of patients – I will not display the full list here but essentially if you are in discomfort or have a condition such as diabetes or arthritis it is acceptable for you to come in. We would advise any patients with non urgent or non painful concerns (such as painless verrucas) to postpone visits until restrictions are more relaxed.

Both the waiting area and the surgery are cleaned several times daily.

I have always maintained high hygiene standards at both the Chingford and Cockfosters Podiatry Centres, as per standard clinical practice, and would like to reassure patients that:

  • The treatment couch and other clinical furniture is cleaned between patients with an appropriate cleaner.
  • The treatment gloves I wear confirm to EN ISO 374-5:2016 (protection against bacteria, fungi, and viruses) and BS ISO 374-4:2013 resistance and degradation.
  • All instruments are sterilised in an autoclave following each use. This is a pressurised steam sterilisation process which is the profession wide standard. The autoclaves in both practices were serviced and calibrated in February 2020.
  • I am now wearing the recommended PPE for Podiatry, consisting of gloves, surgical mask, and disposable plastic apron. I am also about to install clear plastic “sneeze” screens to provide a barrier between myself and my patient

If patients are unable to attend the practice in person due to government movement restrictions, I will be happy to offer a domiciliary service as long as the patient and myself are well with no Corona virus symptoms.

I am constantly reviewing my policies in line with advice from central government and also my own professional bodies.

I wish good health to all across this difficult time.

Mark Freedman

12 May 2020