COVID-19 Clinic
Guidance & Information

updated 16th Jan 2022

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Online & In-Person Services

Our clinics are offering in-person services as well as on-line and video appointments. However, the availability of in-person services may be more limited and may vary between locations.

If you are accessing services via video calling, please read this guidance:  Click here for Purple House Guidance on Video Calling.

If you are attending clinic, please see the ‘attending clinic’ protocol below. If you are unable/unwilling to agree to adhere to this protocol, please let us know and we will discuss this with you. Otherwise, it will be assumed that you agree to follow the protocol. If the client is your child, it will be assumed that you will support your child to follow the protocol.

Whilst we are taking great care to put appropriate measures in place in order to lower the risk posed by covid-19, clients and visitors should carefully consider their attendance at clinic, taking into account personal risk factors as well as the measures we have in place. Please note that all information is subject to change and, depending on covid risk levels and individual circumstances, it may be necessary to change in-person appointments to telephone or video appointments, sometimes at short notice.


Check if you should plan to attend

  1. You should not plan to attend the clinic if you are required to self-isolate after testing positive for covid-19. please check the latest government guidance for information about isolation periods
  2. You should not plan to attend the clinic if you are required to self-isolate after having have been in close contact with someone else who has tested positive.
  3. If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive within the last 10 days you may not be required to self-isolate. However we ask that, out of courtesy, you please inform your clinician before attending in order to allow them to consider whether the appointment should go ahead.
  4. If you are over 70, have a long-term condition, are pregnant or have a weakened immune system, please refer to medical advice.

Before You Leave Home

  1. Carry out a lateral flow test. Do not attend the clinic if it is positive.
  2. Check for symptoms and do not attend clinic if you have any of the following symptoms (even if you are testing negative):  a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back , a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual), a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
  3. Check your temperature. You should not plan to attend the clinic if you have a temperature of 37.8C or higher even if you are testing negative on a lateral flow test.
  4. If you do not yet have it, please download the NHS Covid-19/Protect Scotland app to your phone to enable contact tracing and (England only) QR scanning.
  5. Ensure you leave home with enough clothing to keep warm bearing in mind that windows will be opened in the clinic to allow for ventilation.
  6. Bring your own drinks with you (if required) as unfortunately we cannot provide these (please take any bottles home with you afterwards).
  7. Use the toilet before you leave home in order to minimise using the toilet facilities in the clinic.
  8. Bring a face covering*.
  9. Wash your hands with soap and water before attending the clinic and when arriving home.
  10. Avoid attending the clinic by public transport if possible.
  11. Avoid bringing chaperones wherever possible.

*some exemptions apply to the wearing of face coverings in enclosed public spaces and the guidance relating to children varies between UK countries. Click here to view the Government Guidance on Face Coverings.


Arriving at Clinic

  1. Either wait in your car and wait to be called or wait outside the door at your clinic time (local variations apply).
  2. Arrive at the entrance already wearing your face covering (remember, always wash your hands before or after applying a face covering).
  3. Depending on local factors, we may ask to check your temperature using an in-fared thermometer.
  4.  If you have the NHS app on your phone, scan the QR code displayed at the entrance to the clinic (England only). This only applies to individuals who are entering the clinic (and not to those who are simply dropping someone off).
  5. Use hand sanitiser upon entry to the clinic and upon exit.


Inside the Clinic

  1. Maintain a 2 metre distance from other people at all times where possible i.e. on arrival, when circulating the building and when seated in a clinic room. Where it is not possible to maintain a 2 metre distance e.g. during the administration of specialist psychology tests, additional measures will be put in place to reduce risk e.g. reducing the amount of time spent in close contact, minimising the number of persons present, ventilating the room by opening windows, sitting alongside instead of face to face, and sanitising materials used (use of screens can also be considered). Your clinician will contact you prior to the appointment to ensure these arrangements are understood and agreed.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  3. Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
  4. Avoid touching any part of your face.
  5. If you use the toilet facilities, please wash your hands with soap and water if you do so (for at least 20 seconds) and adhere to any other infection control guidance displayed in the toilet facilities.
  6. Do not exchange objects with clinicians whilst at clinic unless a plan (agreed between yourselves) is in place for how the risk has been mitigated.
  7. Avoid touching unnecessary surfaces.


When Leaving the Clinic

  1. Use hand sanitiser on your way out.
  2. Wash your hand when you arrive home.


Additional Information

  • In addition to this guidance, Purple House Clinics have a full internal covid-19 policy which each local Clinical Director implements alongside risk assessments and contingency planning relevant to the local site.
  • For your information, some of the general hygiene and social distancing measures we have in place include:
    • Provision of hand sanitiser at the entrance and in each clinic room and toilet- signs will direct people to use sanitiser upon entry and exit of the premises;
    • Promotion of hygiene measures and social distancing by displaying posters in clinic;
    • Regular cleaning systems;
    • Provision of close lid bins in clinic rooms for the disposal of tissues;
    • Hygienic hand washing provisions and use of toilet facilities;
    • Procedures in place to reduce the number of people present at clinics by keeping worker attendance at a minimum and staggering appointments times;
    • Asking clients to wait outside the clinic prior to their appointment;
    • Closing of waiting rooms and kitchens;
    • Removal of unnecessary items such as magazines and toys, hot drinks facilities;
    • Cleaning clinic rooms between clients.


Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions at all. We will be more than happy to help and are keen to be responsive to any feedback you may have.

Finally, please inform us immediately if you experience symptoms of Covid-19 which have developed within 10 days after attending one of our clinics.

For information about the symptoms of coronavirus, how it is spread, how to seek advice and treatment, and whether you should be self-isolating please see official NHS advice by clicking here.