At the Harley Street Hair Clinic, infection control is something we have taken very seriously from the day we opened. As a medical facility, we must ensure our patients and staff are continually in a safe and clean environment.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we have had to make some changes to our clinic to prepare to open. Today we’re going to walk you through our infection control and Covid-19 plans.
Standard Infection Control Measures
Infection control has always been important to us, but now more than ever, with the Covid-19 outbreak it is important for us to share these measures and the methodology we take to make our patients as safe as possible when visiting our clinic.
We’re lucky in that, our clinic was purpose build for hair transplantation which allowed us to ensure infection control was done correctly throughout the clinic, this puts us as at a significant advantage to other clinics.
Our work surfaces, throughout the treatment rooms in the clinic are made from HI-MAC. These are 75% natural stone wrapped in an acrylic matrix meaning the surfaces are non-porous and completely hygienic and easy to clean and most importantly, bacteria and compounds can not stick.
The flooring we use throughout the clinic is called Polyflor, which, is fitted with an uprising to help with infection control and is easy to clean.
Throughout our clinic, we use markings to show when an area was last cleaned giving our staff visible infection control. This visible method also reassures a patient that the area has been prepared and is ready for use.
The technology we use, such as our stereomicroscopes can be used with no-touch. The non-touch technology runs through our clinic including in bathrooms where the options of single-use hand towels are available or non-touch hand dryers.
All surgical instruments are sent off-site to be prepared and processed before they’re sent back to use to be used on patients. We use ethylene oxide which is the best form of decontamination for surgical instruments.
Covid-19 PPE measures
We provide a range of PPE for patients and staff at the Harley Street Hair Clinic. Patients are required as a minimum to wear a surgical mask, undergo a body temperature check and to wash their hands upon entering the clinic. All of our staff have to undergo the same daily checks as patients.
We have introduced zones in our high traffic areas, such as reception, to ensure social distancing is kept as well as fitting screens where there are significant staff and patent contact.
During this time, patients need to do their research as normal, but now, more than ever, they need to find a reputable clinic who can offer information on infection control and the steps their clinic is taking to protect patients.
You can see our managing director run through our infection control policy in the video here.