Welcome to the Chingford and Cockfosters Podiatry Centres

COVID 19 STATEMENT UPDATED 5 January 2021

Under current government advice announced yesterday evening by the Prime Minister I am able to confirm that Podiatry and Chiropody (and all health services) are allowed to remain open during the national lockdown. This has also been endorsed by the College of Podiatry, our professional body. I have put links to confirm this below. So please be reassured that you are allowed to travel to and attend the practice if you need treatment.

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. Guidance from the College of Podiatry and the government is followed including:

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 (effective against COVID).
  • 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 are serviced and calibrated annually.
  • I am wearing the recommended PPE for Podiatry, consisting of gloves, surgical mask (Type II R fluid resistant), and disposable plastic apron. I have also installed 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
5th January 2021

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home#summary-what-you-can-and-cannot-do-during-the-national-lockdown
(see businesses which can remain open – at bottom of page)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england
(Chiropody specifically mentioned to remain open under section 1, Tier 4)

https://cop.org.uk/news-and-features/latest-covid-19-news/college-update-following-the-return-to-full-lockdown-in-england
(College of Podiatry)