COVID-19 Member Update
Read the latest member updates, including information on patients returning from international travel & a guide for members resuming classes
V29 – Guide to members on providing services during the COVID-19 pandemic
Available here: www.iscp.ie/file_downloader.php?file_id=1872
- Patients Returning from International Travel
- AMRIC educational resources
- IPC for acute hospital settings
Patients Returning from International Travel
COVID-19 screening prior to attendance for physiotherapy must include questions with regards to returning from International Travel.
Quarantine requirements are dictated to by country of travel and vaccination status. These details are also available in V29 Guide to members on providing services during the COVID-19 pandemic
New advice and rules for international travel, came into effect in Ireland on 19 July gov.ie - Government advice on international travel (www.gov.ie).
Ireland is now a part of the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel originating within the EU/EEA. The Digital COVID Certificate will make it easier to travel and will be accepted as proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test.
Vaccine approved by European medicine Agency
For the purposes of travel, you are considered vaccinated if you have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency with recommended number of days after the final dose
Passengers arriving into Ireland from inside EU + Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland
No travel-related testing or quarantine necessary if:
If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
Passengers arriving into Ireland from outside EU + Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland
Please note: This includes those arriving from Great Britain
The guidance with regards to resuming with indoor classes remains unchanged.
The ISCP suggests that where physiotherapists can determine that staff providing rehabilitation classes and attendees are all fully vaccinated, combined with a full risk assessment (as previously used) they could consider recommencing in-person classes from 5th July onwards. In addition to providers and attendees being vaccinated, resumption of rehabilitation classes should be guided by an informed risk assessment on a class-by-class basis and the need to comply with HSE and HPSC COVID-19 infection prevention control guidelines.
Please refer also to the ISCP checklist www.iscp.ie/file_downloader.php?file_id=1722 which provides points to include when undertaking your risk assessment such as numbers proportionate to space, accessing and exiting building, ventilation, etc. The aim of this guidance is to support reopening of services while acknowledging ongoing risk of COVID-19 and community transmission pending deployment of the full national COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Prior to resuming with indoor rehabilitation classes, consideration needs to be given to:
- Purpose of the class – potential rehabilitation, therapeutic outcomes
- Limit attendance to those with vaccine protection
- Limit to provision by physiotherapists with full vaccination protection
- Continue to deliver classes by telehealth
- Continue with 1:1
- Continue with outdoor classes
Our priority is to continue to keep you informed. If you have any questions, comments or resources to share with us, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org