COVID 19 Notice to Our Patients

Now open for in-person and video Treatment

Pursuit Physiotherapy is now open for in-person visits in accordance with the May 1, 2020 Government of Alberta and Chief Medical Officer of Health announcement.  Video treatments will continue to be offered and are encouraged for any patients that are not safe to be out in the community.

New measures are in place to optimize the health and safety of our patients and our staff.  Please read our new procedures prior to attending for your in-person visit

Video treatment information can be found here.

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Pursuit Physiotherapy Relaunch

by | May 4, 2020

Welcome Back!

We are so excited that seeing you in person is now an option!

We have been eagerly preparing for the relaunch of community physiotherapy services.  The recent Government of Alberta announcement allows for in-person visits when you and your therapist are healthy and comfortable with doing so.  Video treatments continue to be a great option when in-person visits are not recommended.

It is important to understand that things at Pursuit Physiotherapy will look a bit different.  We ask that you PLEASE READ through this information prior to your appointment so that we can focus on your therapeutic needs during your attendance.

Pursuit Physiotherapy asks for your help by complying with these processes (please note additional details are provided below):

  • Determine, with Pursuit staff, if you are best treated via video treatment or in clinic
  • Prior to your appointment, provide as much information to Pursuit staff (insurance information, contact information etc) via phone
  • Use the AHS tools to determine if you are healthy and safe to be in the community
  • Come alone or only bring necessary companions.  Feel free to inform us ahead of time if you require special assistance.
  • Please stay in your car until 5 minutes before your appointment
  • Put on your mask prior to entering the clinic. If you don’t have a mask, one will be made available to you.
  • Relay your responses to health questionnaire to Pursuit staff when you arrive
  • Speak to reception staff through barrier
  • Use hand sanitizer or wash hands in restroom upon your arrival
  • Proceed directly to your treatment room
  • Use hand sanitizer or wash hands in restroom prior to doing payment processing

Your health is our number one priority.  It is important that you understand that there is risk in choosing to access community physiotherapy as the spread of COVID-10 continues to be a reality.  We are doing our best to minimize the risks by asking you to do the things mentioned above..  Many health and safety measures are required to promote patient and staff safety.  We will be adhering to the guidelines of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) as well as the Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association.  Social distancing will require some changes to scheduling and space allocation at the clinic.  Because social distancing from your physiotherapist during in-clinic visits is not possible, the use of masks for both patients and therapists will be required.  Please arrive wearing a mask whenever possible and leave it on throughout your visit.

Before or at your arrival for an appointment, you will be asked regarding your health.  No one with any cold or flu-like symptoms will be allowed to attend for an appointment.  The CMOH requires you to isolate for at least 10 days  from the start of your symptoms.  The AHS screening tool will be utilized:

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/ppih/if-ppih-covid-19-daily-fitness-for-work-screening-questionnaire.pdf

Video Treatment/Telehealth continues to be available.  For symptom troubleshooting, exercise progression, general consultation with your therapist, etc, this continues to be a great option.  If you have health risk factors or are 75 years or older, we will be encouraging video treatments whenever possible to minimize your risk and exposure. Physiotherapists are being encouraged to use video treatment/telehealth whenever possible with their patients, and your therapist may feel this is the best way to treat you.

“What If” Questions

In this ever changing environment, there are a few “What Ifs” that need to be addressed.  Procedures will be updated as needed.

What if I don’t feel comfortable coming into the clinic?  Your physiotherapist will continue to support you.  If due to your own health and safety or that of our staff, you must continue to isolate, please do so.  Video treatments are available.  The health of you and the entire community continues to be of paramount importance.

What if I am not able to see my usual treating physiotherapist due to scheduling or because my physio is not back to work?  One of our Pursuit physiotherapists will be happy to see you and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.  Our scheduling hours may be modified to allow for health and safety measures.  It is also likely that your therapist can see you via video if he/she cannot see you in person.

What if I have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19?  As per AHS guidelines, if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you are required to self-isolate for 14 days.  If you have no symptoms, you can attend for an appointment after that time or after you have received a negative test result and have no symptoms.

What if I have tested positive for COVID-19?  Please notify us immediately if you have tested positive for COVID-19.  Because we will be using recommended PPE, the risk of you transmitting the virus to us is reduced.  However, it is important that we are aware so that we can minimize the risk of transmitting to others.  AHS guidelines will be followed.

What if my therapist tests positive for COVID-19 and I have recently seen him/her?  You will be notified.  Because we will be using recommended PPE, the risk of transmission is reduced.  AHS guidelines will be followed.

How do I decide if I am best treated in person or by video?  You and your physiotherapist can make this decision together.  Please reach out to the clinic by phone or email.

Video Treatments continue to be available.

Thank you for your understanding, patience, and enthusiasm as we relaunch in-person visits.

 

Any Questions?

Don’t hesitate to ask.  You can call the clinic to speak to a therapist or email us at info@pursuitphysio.com.  We look forward to working with you.

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