All clients must complete a COVID-19 screening measure (which your psychologist will email to you) one to two days prior to every in-person appointment, as well as upon arriving for your appointment:
In the past 48 hrs, have you had, or are you currently experiencing a fever OR a cough (new or worsening)?
In the past 48 hours, have you had, or are you currently experiencing two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening): Sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or headache?
Have you traveled outside of Atlantic Canada within the past 14 days?
Have you been in close contact (less than six feet/2 metres) with anyone who has traveled outside of Atlantic Canada in the past 14 days?
Have you had close contact with anyone who has a confirmed or presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
Are you required for any reason to be self-isolating?
If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or answer "yes" to any of the screening items, you must cancel/reschedule your appointment or change your appointment to telehealth. All cancellation fees will be waived. We also recommend that you self-isolate at home and call 811 for further advice or testing.
Anyone who accompanies you must also be screened.
Our psychologists will also regularly self-screen and will not come to the office if feeling unwell or exhibiting any signs of COVID-19 or possible exposure.
Physical Distancing Measures:
We ask that you attend the appointment by yourself, unless it is absolutely necessary that you have a support person with you. if possible, please stay in your vehicle until your scheduled appointment time to reduce crowding in the waiting area.
In order to maintain appropriate physical distancing measures, a maximum of five psychologists will be seeing clients at one time. We will also be mindful of maintaining a 6-foot distance from our clients. We ask that you also maintain a distance of at least 6 ft or 2 metres between you and your psychologist or other individuals present.
Safe Hygiene and Cleaning Practices:
Care will be taken to frequently disinfect all surfaces, with particular attention given to high-touch surfaces, such as door knobs.
Upon entering the suite, all clients will be asked to sanitize their hands. Psychologists will also sanitize their hands frequently and between each session.
The bathroom surfaces will be disinfected after every use.
We will discontinue the use of toys, magazines, and other shared items in waiting areas, as well as office items shared among patients, such as pens, clipboards, etc.
All forms, payments, and receipts will be processed and delivered virtually.
You are required to wear a non-medical mask (cloth masks are acceptable) when entering the suite and when in the common areas. If you have a health condition that makes it unsafe for you to wear a mask, please let your psychologist know. Your psychologist will also wear a mask upon greeting you and when in common areas. Due to the minimum of 6 feet/2 metres possible in all therapy rooms, masks are optional. However, please let your psychologist know if it is your preference that masks continue to be worn.
If needed, individual packets of tissues will be provided.
All offices are equipped with an air purifying system and UV sanitizer.
Prior to your first in-person session during the pandemic, you will be sent a consent form that outlines all of the above procedures and asks you to consent to the following:
I have read, understood, and agree to adhere to the COVID-19 safety procedures for all in-person appointments to the best of my ability;
I understand and consent to my name, as well as the name(s) of any individuals who accompanied me to the appointment, be disclosed to public health authorities if the need for contact tracing arises;
I understand that despite the careful and thorough efforts of Dr. Leah Clyburn & Associates to minimize the risk of infection, it is impossible to guarantee freedom from virus exposure.