Impact of Covid 19 on practice
During the current pandemic, I have increased my use of personal protective clothing to include aprons, gowns, gloves, faceshields and masks. This will reduce the risk of potential contamination and cross infection. I also will conduct a virtual consultation prior to all clinic appointments to ensure attendance is appropriate. Advice received from the Care Quality Commission states:
We would expect that providers of community-based frenulotomy services should assess on a case-by-case basis the risks of attending a new-born infant and its mother during this time of lockdown against the clinical need for the procedure at this particular time. If the healthcare professional assesses that the procedure is essential, we would expect them to use the appropriate PPE and take strict infection prevention and control measures to reduce the risk of viral transmission in the household. We would expect them to also have discussed the risks and benefits of the procedure against the risk of transmission with the baby’s mother and to have documented this discussion and the risk assessment they have undertaken.
We do not want to prevent essential services from being provided in the community, but expect providers to have carried out a comprehensive risk assessment before they are undertaken.