Clinic Status Update: COVID-19

Posted on Monday, May 25th, 2020

Despite the continued State of Emergency restrictions and with guidance from The College of Chiropodists of Ontario provided by the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, our office has been upgraded to be able to offer all essential chiropody services.

Until we hear differently from the Government of Ontario, and the State of Emergency restrictions have been lifted, we still do not have an anticipated date on which we will be able to offer our full ranges of services . However, the rules set out by the Provincial government, do allow us to see and treat you if you have a foot health concern.

What is an example of a condition/treatment that would be considered essential?

  • Infections
  • Ulcerations
  • Wounds
  • Gout
  • Diabetic Foot complications
  • Minor Trauma
  • Foreign body (i.e. glass) in the foot
  • Foot pain
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Diabetic Foot care
  • Senior Foot care
  • Routine Foot care
  • Verruca (wart) treatments

As we continue to focus on the safety of our patients and staff, we will be implementing the following:

  • Patient mask wearing: Your appointment at our clinic will require you to bring along & wear a mask to your appointment. The mask will need to cover your nose and mouth. For your convenience and for a nominal fee, we do offer disposable masks ($2/ea) and reusable fabric masks ($5/ea).
  • Electronic COVD-19 screening form: in order to gather the required health information as per government regulations, we have developed a paperless screening form that can be completed and submitted electronically from your computer or phone, prior to entering our clinic.
  • Air Purification: we continue to use the Surgically Clean Air Purifier in clinic, which removes 99% of all airborne viruses, bacteria and fungus.
  • Payment by e-transfer: we now accept contactless payment by e-transfer while in clinic. In order to do this, please set up our clinic ( info@werkman.ca ) in your mobile banking e-transfer section.

In our May 12th blog post, we shared what we are doing to help protect you, ourselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have implemented measures such as:

  • Patient Screening upon arrival
  • Patient plus one Support Person in clinic
  • Mandatory mask wearing by Patient & PPE for applicable staff
  • Social distancing measures (waiting room chairs 2 m apart, sanitized after each use)
  • New payment options (we accept e-transfers to info@werkman.ca )

To read about these measures in more detail, please check out our previous post which can be found here.

Stay tuned!

This coming week, Owner and Chiropodist Rick Werkman will be providing you with a virtual walk through of our clinic, explaining the changes we have implemented and what to expect at your next visit. Stay tuned to our blog for this video!

Important COVID-19 Update

Posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Greetings to all our patients,

Due to the continued State of Emergency restrictions and guidance from The College of Chiropodists of Ontario provided by the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, our office remains closed to all non-essential and elective chiropody services until further notice.

Until we hear differently from the Government of Ontario, we still do not have an anticipated opening date. However, the rules set out by the Provincial government, do allow us to see and treat you if you have an URGENT foot health concern.

As we take steps towards reopening, we would like to share with you what we are doing to help protect you, ourselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What to expect when you come to our clinic:

Screening – Screening for COVID-19 and/or its symptoms will become common place and multi-tiered. You can expect to answer questions about your health during phone conversations, at reception and/or in the treatment room. We have a pre-screening e-form that we will email to you before your appointment. This will allow you to answer all necessary questions in a secure environment and submit electronically. As required by new guidelines, we will also be recording your temperature through use of a touchless thermometer.

Support Persons: As per IPAC guidelines, we ask that those accompanying patients only enter our clinic if essential (i.e. a support person assisting a patient with a mobility impairment).

Patient mask wearing – Your appointment at our clinic will require you to bring along & wear a mask to your appointment. The mask will need to cover your nose and mouth. It needs to be made of a material that will stop droplets (saliva and nasal secretions) from entering the air.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Staff members that come within 2 meters of you during your time in the clinic will need to wear full PPE: face shield, mask, gown and/or scrubs, and gloves.

Social distancing measures – May include but not limited to off-limit areas, markings on floors to indicate spacing, and appointment spacing to minimize overlapping are all possible scenarios at our practice.

New Payment options In order to minimize the amount of physical interaction needed, we have increased the maximum tap amount for credit cards to $250. We also have the ability to accept by e-transfers from our patients while in clinic. As always, we are able to provide you with an e-receipt, emailed to your preferred email address.

We thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to keep all of us safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What has staff been doing while the clinic is closed?

While our clinic has been closed, our chiropodists have used this time to continue their (distance) education through online courses and webinars. This has allowed them participate in webinars such as: Paediatrics: Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders, Medical Devices Reprocessing (sterilization) as well as learning more about “COVID toes”.

We have also performed a deep clean of surfaces within the clinic and removed any non-essential items from the waiting rooms (i.e books/pamphlets, products etc). While it looks a little less cozy, this will allow us to regularly disinfect all surfaces in an efficient manner. As always, our air purifier will continue to operate by filtering out any impurities in the air.

Prior to opening, all staff will undergo training on the proper use of PPE as applicable to their role.

Thank you to our patients

We would like to thank our patients for their understanding and patience while we navigate these uncertain times. We appreciate the words of encouragement and support. We are looking forward to being able to offer elective chiropody services in the near future in order to continue to provide exceptional footcare for people of all ages.

If you have an urgent foot health concern, you can reach our clinic either by phone or email:

905-845-4817 or info@werkman.ca

With warmest regards,

Rick Werkman
Chiropodist and Owner

Important COVID-19 Update

Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2020

Due to the continued State of Emergency restrictions and guidance from The College of Chiropodists of Ontario provided by the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario our office remains closed to all non-essential and elective chiropody services until further notice.

Once our office receives further information as to when we will have the ability to reopen, we will be in contact with our clients to reschedule appointments.

If you have an urgent foot health emergency, please contact our office by phone or email and one of our providers will contact you. Examples of emergency conditions include infections, ulcerations, wounds, gout, diabetic foot complications, minor trauma and foot pain that cannot be managed by over-the-counter medications.

We sincerely value your understanding and wish you all wellness during this uncertain time.

Rick Werkman
Owner and Chiropodist at Werkman, Boven & Associates Foot Clinic