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Covid-19 guidance for practitioners (20 Oct 2020)

9 April Guidance

Audiology and otology
services during Covid-19

Joint guidance from the UK's audiology professional bodies

Guidance published 20 October 2020

As we see greater and varied restrictions throughout all parts of the UK it is important to review the joint guidance produced in September. Your risk assessment should be based on the local restrictions in your area and level 4 in appendix 9 considered if your area is under greater restrictions.

Audiology was classed as essential retail in the March legislation and allowed to remain open, we do not believe this classification has/will change.

In all areas of the U.K. under local lockdown or Tier 3 restrictions, we advise a digital-first approach for your existing patients to limit their travel for items such as domes, receivers, tubes and batteries that could be delivered to home. You do not have to close your practices/clinics but we would suggest you provide a letter, email or text confirmation of an appointment with you in case the patient’s travel need is questioned.

Audiology appointments remain essential medical visits and should be carried out in line with the existing protocols from the Joint Guidance dated 1st September 2020 (see below).

The latest government guidance is available at:

England: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-regulati…

Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

Wales: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

 

Previous Guidance published 1 September 2020


DOWNLOAD THE 1 SEPTEMBER GUIDANCE   as a pdf

 

UPDATE: 22 September 2020: The UK Government raised the Coronavirus alert level from 3 to 4 on 21 September. Practitioners should review Appendix 9 in the joint guidance 

1 Sept guidance cover

TUESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2020
The main updates in the latest version of the guidance are:
  • A move to walk-in appointments - provided they are triaged before entering the clinic
  • FAQs on paediatrics
  • New information on clear masks
The guidance will be reviewed again on 15 January 2021.
DOWNLOAD THE 1 SEPTEMBER GUIDANCE   as a pdf
If you have questions or queries about the guidance, please mail them to coronavirus@bshaa.com

 

Website FAQs

READ THE FAQS           DOWNLOAD THE FAQ DOCUMENT   as a pdf

 

Additional support and advice

If you are unsure about changes you should make to operate within the new guidance, contact BSHAA at covid19help@bshaa.com for additional support and confidential advice about how to remain consistent with the guidance.
Should cases come to light where the guidance is not being followed correctly, BSHAA will engage with those concerned to encourage and support compliance, and will take appropriate action as necessary, but will not comment publicly on individual cases.

 

BSHAA statement on remote hearing care

READ HERE (15 May 2020)

 

PREVIOUS VERSIONS OF THE JOINT GUIDANCE
9 April 2020
1 May 2020
1 June 2020
30 June 2020