In response to current guidance, the University College of Osteopathy have taken the difficult decision to temporarily cease face to face consultations at Southwark Bridge Road clinic as of 5pm on Wednesday 18 March 2020.
We will instead be offering telephone consultations and will be working towards delivering online services using video calls.
In taking this decision, we have weighed up the benefit of face to face consultations versus the risk of increasing spread of coronavirus. Our priority is the wellbeing of our patients, students, staff and the wider community. We anticipate that we will continue to deliver high quality care for people with musculoskeletal and related disorders.
We have already taken steps to transfer our education to online platform for our students and are developing innovative learning experiences for our students to ensure that their clinical and other learning meets our high standards and expectations.
Charles Hunt, UCO Vice-Chancellor says: “At this challenging time, we appreciate all the support we have received from our patients, student and staff. We are committed to continuing to support the wider community. We very much hope that by providing telephone and online consultations, this will alleviate some of the pressure on the NHS so that they can focus on managing acute care. We recognise that our students will need additional care and help and are putting in place a number of strategies to provide this.”
Osteopaths have a key role in supporting people in their recovery and self-management of musculoskeletal pain and disability. This includes promoting exercise that can be done at home to keep active and to alleviate pain. Stress and worry have an impact on pain and we recognise that people will be anxious at this time. Osteopaths can offer self help strategies to support people in managing their concerns.
Francesca Wiggins, Head of Clinical Practice notes: “Staff have responded to the current situation with positive and creative solutions to ensure that we continue to deliver high quality clinical services to our patients, and education that supports students becoming the best practitioners they can be.”
We are currently contacting patients who have booked appointments with us to offer alternatives and support. We will be monitoring the situation closely and resume usual services as soon as we can.
If you would like to book a telephone consultation please contact us via our usual details below:
020 7089 5360
We are waiving our current fees in these circumstances and would welcome donations to support UCO and it’s community and research work via our JustGiving page.
Please do not attend the UCO if:
- you have the symptoms associated with coronavirus (a cough, a high temperature, or shortness of breath),
- you've recently been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus (for a full list of countries please use the government website),
- you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.
If you are concerned about coronavirus and your symptoms, you should use the following services:
UCO staff and students with concerns are invited to contact Human Resources and Student Support services respectively.
- NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service
- Further public information is available from the government and NHS.
Information for applicants and place holders can be found here.