Coronavirus – Continuation of Services with Online Therapy

New Online Therapy Services (updated 22.03.20)

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As the situation regarding Coronavirus has progressed in the UK, we have been working hard at The Purple House Clinic to move the delivery of our services online, via Zoom. This is now in place and our clinicians can offer almost all services using Zoom, with the exception of some specialist assessments. Telephone sessions are also available if clients prefer. We are relieved to be able to offer this continuity of service to existing clients, and to new clients, during this challenging time - a time when many people's mental health will be unfortunately affected.

 

Online therapy has been used by mental health care professionals for many years and research studies have proved the effectiveness of online therapy for a wide range of difficulties. It's a great way to access help and, at the current time, offers many benefits including:-

  • Reducing the risk of spreading coronavirus by eliminating the need for face-to-face contact;
  • Reducing cancellations due to mild symptoms of Coronavirus, or any other illness;
  • Keeping clients and clinicians connected and keeping the normal treatment going;
  • Allowing flexibility regarding when sessions are conducted, helping overcome the childcare issues many people are facing;
  • Allowing clients to have the same clinical expertise and time with their clinician as a usual face-to-face session.

 

Please note that all new clients are now being booked in for online sessions and existing clients are in the process of being transferred over. If, for exceptional reasons, any session is still scheduled for a clinic, please follow the advice below about attending the clinic.  

 

Whilst we are all facing some challenging times ahead, all of us at Purple House are committed to helping our clients as much as possible. We are determined to pull together and find solutions to any issues that may arise, ensuring that we can keep our services operating and keep supporting your psychological health.

 

If you have any questions about online therapy or anything else, please do not hesitate to call or email our clinic staff who will be more than happy to help: contact us

 

For practical help in setting up Zoom please click here

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Attendance at Purple House Clinics 

 

Please note that, for the vast majority of clients, this will not currently apply as sessions will be held online. However if you do, for exceptional reasons, have a clinic appointment scheduled, please do not attend the clinic if:

  • You, or anyone in your household, has had a high temperature or a new continuous cough within the last 14 days (or if you/they have taken medications such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin, which may mask symptoms of infection);
  • In the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus . Click here for further information;
  • You’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus within the last 14 days;
  • Government guidance also states that individuals should take particular care in respect to making social contact if: they are over 70, they are adults who would normally be advised to have the flu vaccine (such as those with chronic diseases), or if they are pregnant.

 

If attending clinic, please observe the following precautions:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds;

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze;

  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards;

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean;

  • please avoid bringing additional chaperones where possible.

 

Posters promoting hygiene are displayed in clinics and additional cleaning/hygiene measures are in place within the 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.

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