During the current pandemic, increased my use of personal protective clothing to include aprons, gloves and masks. This will reduce the risk of potential contamination and cross infection.
You must not attend an appointment if you have been in contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID or you if have had a cough, high temperature or a loss or change to your sense of taste and/or smell within the past two weeks.
I continue to require that you wear your mask during the appointment.
If you don't feel comfortable attending for any reason, I'm happy for your partner to attend and feed the baby with expressed breast milk or formula. I would always encourage mothers, who are breast feeding, to come to the appointment, in order to make the most of the opportunity for support with feeding, post procedure.
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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.