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Staying Healthy Together

Staying Healthy Together

Changes to our flow

COVID-19 Clinic Procedures: Looking ahead, it’s clear that for the foreseeable future the clinic will be operating differently. These changes are designed to keep patients & staff as safe and healthy as possible.

Pre-screening

If you have had a fever, cough, shortness of breath, vomiting, or diarrhea in the last 10 days, please do not come in.

Patients will continue to receive temperature screenings at their sessions. If your reading is over 100F we will not be able to give you acupuncture. Due to the risk exposures a fevered person brings, as well as the cost and effort of decontamination, patients who come to the clinic with a fever will not be reimbursed for the session.

If you have tested positive for the coronavirus or live with someone who has, we also ask that you schedule a telehealth session so our director can assess you further, provide you with support so you feel better as fast as possible, and are able to come in for more care in the future.

Appointment Mechanics: Payment types accepted

COVID-19 clinic procedures include no walk-in appointments. Patients need to make an appointment before arriving at the clinic. You can schedule using our online scheduling system or you can call (813) 237-8920. If you call ahead, please wait for an email confirmation or text message confirming your appointment before arriving at the clinic.

Patients will complete an online intake form before each appointment to gather information about your condition, ensure your privacy, and limit acupuncturists’ exposures to pathogens during interview times.

Once you arrive at the clinic for your treatment, please call (813) 237-8920 and wait at the front door or in your car for the staff to let you inside the clinic building.

We offer touchless payment. Patients will pre-pay for their appointments before coming inside the building. We now have a touchless payment system. No cash will be accepted.

Patients will wait in their car or outside the clinic building until their appointment time  No chairs are available. in the reception area.

People accompanying the patient will wait in their car.

Appointment times are not a suggested arrival time. Arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment so you can be in your chair at your appointment time. Late arrivals may not receive care if the clinic is full or the acupuncturist is with another patient. Please be on time for your appointment and have a general air of understanding.

PPEs

COVID-19 clinic procedures require that everyone wear a mask while on clinic property. If you don’t have one already, you can purchase masks from us. We offer two kinds: regular fabric masks with filters (for $10) and hybrid fabric masks (for $20).

Staff will wear scrubs, masks, and the acupuncturists will additionally wear KN95 & face shields.

We also have put a plastic barrier in front of the products for sale in Reception. If you’d like to purchase a product, please ask the staff at the front desk for help.  Plastic barriers like this help us with cleaning and air control.

Please keep your shoes, jackets, hats, etc. on until you are at your chair once your arrive at the clinic. We are no longer using a coat rack. All the possessions you bring with you need to fit inside the plastic bin we provide at your treatment chair.

Please be sure to wear your mask in the bathroom. And be sure to close the lid to the toilet before flushing! Virus partiles enter the air when toilets are flushed if the lid is open.

Social Distancing & Traffic Flow

We miss seeing you! Even though we would love to hug you, we ask that you maintain a 6′ distance between you and other people at the clinic.

We have removed chairs in the reception area to direct flow into treatments areas

Please do not drop by to make a future appointment, pay for your or someone else’s treatment, say hello, or any other reason besides timely arrival for your scheduled treatment.

Floor markings and signs will mark where to stand to maintain social distancing: outside bathrooms, the kitchen, and in reception.

Patients will occupy every other treatment chair during their treatments increase distancing.

The physical layout in the treatment areas has been optimized to limit the circulation of airborne pathogens.

We will treat up to six appointments each hour, appointments will be staggered 10 minutes apart.

In the past, we had 18 chairs in the clinic and offered unlimited rest time. We now have 13 chairs and are limiting rest time as needed. Having 13 chairs allows us to keep about 8-10 feet between our treatment recliners and only 1 person in the reception area at a time. You will see each chair has a plastic tray available to stow your shoes and bags during your session.

We will have one staff-only bathroom and one patient bathroom.

The Red Room is no longer available to patients. All treatments will be performed in the large Tile Room or the Pergo Room.

Sanitation and Hygiene: Stepped-up cleaning and disinfecting

We ask that you sanitize your hands when you enter the building and after your treatment.

Hand sanitizer use is required by everyone in the building.

We use hospital-grade disinfectants and clean touch surfaces throughout the day.

Clinic support staff wipe down surfaces in the bathroom after each person touches or uses it.

Staff change the cotton linens on treatment chairs after each session.

Increased infection control training and poster campaigns have been put in place to encourage everyone to keep up!

High-efficiency air purifiers with UV-C are located throughout the clinic.

Clini staff members are monitored for their health and well-being and temperature checks occur before each shift.

What You Can Do

Do your best to optimize your immunity. Washing your hands regularly, not touching your face, cleaning your phone, staying hydrated, eating your favorite healthy foods, getting rest, and enjoying our beautiful weather are all great ways to optimize your immunity.

When we wash our hands we literally send the virus down the drain. Not touching our faces will prevent the virus from getting inside through our eyes, nose, and mouth.

What About Acupuncture?

Acupuncture does not treat the Coronavirus. But. Acupuncture does treat stress, anxiety, insomnia, and tension – all things this virus might indirectly cause. Acupuncture can boost your immunity, help you sleep, and community acupuncture can give you a safe space to feel connected to others.

Now is a great time to check in with your community and loved ones. There is no reason to freak out, but there is every reason to take preventative measures. 

And remember, we are going to get through this together!

 

 

 

Regarding COVID-19

Things are Changing So Check Back Often

The new Coronavirus and COVID-19 are changing many things in our lives. Follow this space for news of community acupuncture's return and to learn about TeleHealth, our new service. 

Dear Friends,

As of March 20th, 2020, we have temporarily ceased providing acupuncture at Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture.

We closed for 3 reasons: first, new federal and state guidelines were put in place prohibiting groups of 10 or more people in order to halt the spread of coronavirus. And then late in the day on March 20th, Gov. DeSantis closed all medical practices: here’s his Executive Order.

Most importantly, we want to help Tampa stop the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. At this time, we need to work together as a community, stay home, and practice social distancing, so we can limit the number of people at any one time who need hospital resources, like ventilators.

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Continuity of Care

To provide you with continuity of care we have begun to offer TeleHealth sessions. Our new TeleHealth service allows us to interact directly with our patients via the internet (aka Videoconferencing), from the privacy of your own home. Keep an eye on your email for more information about TeleHealth and using traditional Chinese medicine at home.

The brick & mortar SHCA will be open again as soon as possible! We’ll send an email update when we are preparing to reopen.

We’ll be missing you so stay in touch!

In community & solidarity,

Gururas & the SHCA Crew

🐯P.S. We know this is a trying time for us all. We’re part of a cooperative and have always found tough times are easier with a little help from our friends. In fact, our friends at Working Class Acupuncture (WCA) want to help. If you feel like kitty gifs and videos might help you feel better, our friends at WCA will send your one a day —  direct to your email inbox.🐈

If you want in, sign up HERE for WCAs COVID fighting cats. It will be just cuteness and laughs, nothing more.🐱

COVID-19 Resources

🖥 The City of Tampa has COVID-19 Information web resources for people in the Tampa area.

☎️ The Florida COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 +1 (866) 779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov

REMEMBER Stay connected & get the care you need!

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

When to Cancel

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Our Cancelation Policy: During the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic, things have changed, and we change with them. If you’re ever sick and wondering whether you should cancel your acupuncture appointment, here are some guidelines.

You should cancel if you have:
– had a fever in the last 2 weeks
– cared for or are living with someone with a fever in the last 2 weeks
– significant sneezing or coughing

A fever is a temperature over 100.4°F.

If you arrive at the clinic for your treatment with any of the above symptoms, we will ask you to come back once you’re better.

The acupuncturist on duty will take your temperature as part of their assessment.

We will waive the acupuncture cancellation fee if you are sick, so please call to cancel if you are unwell. PLEASE be sure to call us 237-8920 if you are unsure or have questions. We want to know if you’re sick and stay in contact with you.

If you come in for a treatment with a mild cough or sneezing, you will be asked to wear a mask, even if you are not contagious. (You can bring your own mask.) You cannot take them off to blow your nose or cough; once you don a mask, it must stay on your face throughout your visit at the clinic. We understand it may be from allergies, asthma, or even heartburn, but there is a lot of fear in the community right now, and in this case, it’s a courtesy to those who are scared and a requirement if you are coughing/sneezing while at the clinic.

If you have a hacking/continuous cough, please cancel your appointment.

As a community clinic, we see many vulnerable people: young kids, pregnant folks, elders, and immune-compromised people. In the spirit of keeping the community healthy, please help us observe the above guidelines.

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