We have put together some frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding ourselves and chiropractic in general. If you are looking for some answers which are not on this list. please just contact us and will do our very best to help.
Is Chiropractic Regulated?
The Chiropractic profession is statutory regulated in the UK by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), in just the same manner as GPs, Dentists and Physiotherapists are governed by their respective bodies. Since 14 June 2001 the title of ‘chiropractor’ has been protected by law and it is a criminal offence for anyone to describe themselves as any sort of chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.
How long do you have to train to become a chiropractor?
hiropractors are required to study for a minimum of 4-5 years at undergraduate level. The syllabus covers in depth training in a variety of subjects including life sciences, biomechanics, clinical medicine and differential diagnosis. Practitioners also undergo practical training in adjustment and supervised clinical training, where they have hands-on practice at treating patients.
Graduates who are members of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) undertake an additional year of supervised training as a requirement of membership. The General Chiropractic Council has a mandatory requirement for chiropractors to undertake a program of continuing professional development, (CPD), as a condition of annual re-registration.
Will I be able to have treatment straight away?
After the initial consultation and examination, we will generally be able to offer you treatment almost immediately for most straight forward cases. However, it may be delayed for a day or two if we need to take or view X-rays, obtain further information from your GP (for example blood test results) or if appropriate, refer you for an MRI/CT scan.
How many treatments will I require?
It depends how long you have had the problem; how old you are; how fit you are; how serious your problem is; your lifestyle; stress levels; diet and whether you follow our advice on rehabilitation exercises and visit frequency.
For example, a fit young person with a one week history of back pain, may need two to four sessions. An older person with a long history of recurring back pain may need six to ten sessions to get better.
Usually you will respond best to two visits a week for the first week or two and then less frequently as you improve.
Will I need an X-ray?
Most back problems don’t show up on x-ray so we will not send you for one you unless it is absolutely necessary. In fact, we rarely need to use x-rays and we can generally provide a diagnosis based on a detailed case history and careful and effective examination techniques. In those instances where additional imaging is warented we will either refer you back through your GP or send you to the nearby Edinburgh Clinic for your digital x-ray or MRI.
Will I always see the Same Chiropractor?
Generally, yes. In order to maintain continuity you will see the same practitioner throughout your treatment plan. However if your chiropractor is unavailable due to holiday or sickness you will be offered the option of seeing one of the other chiropractors, or waiting until they return. You are also welcome to change your chiropractor within the clinic at any time on request.
Do you provide an Out of Hours Service or do Home Visits?
No we do not undertake home visits as we require the treatment equipement at the clinic. The clinic phone and email is only manned during clinic hours, please leave a message and we will contact you the next working day morning.
Yes, please see it set out below:
Within the clinic environment patient privacy and confidentiality is of utmost importance. All of our staff are trained in patient privacy and confidentiality as part of their induction training. Consultation rooms are private and gowns are readily available at all times. If you would feel more comfortable having a chaperone for your visit please feel free to bring someone with you or advise us of this and we can make arrangements for you. Records are kept on paper file in accordance with the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998. Your personal details are never discussed with or passed on to any third party without your prior permission.
A data protection statement will be issued to you as part of your patient admission paperwork and requires your signature.
Data Protection Policy
By requirement of the Chiropractors Act (1994), this clinic is required to maintain and retain a complete record of consultations and treatments. The information is confidential and only released to third parties with a patient’s express and written permission. Confidential patient information is only assessable to staff at this clinic with a direct and appropriate need to do so. All material is kept whilst the individual remains a patient of the clinic and thereafter, for a period of eight years, after which it will securely be destroyed. In accordance with the data protection act (1998) a patient may request a copy of their patient record at any time and expect this to be supplied within a reasonable timeframe. In accordance with the law, a commensurate charge may be levied. We will never pass on your personal contact information to third parties without prior notice and consent save for the rare circumstance that your personal data is requested by a government agency in relation to, for example, a crime or for reasons of national security’. The clinic may contact you from time to time, using contact information provided to let you know about matters relating to the clinic. You may choose not to receive this information at any time by letting us know.
Information will be held both manually in files accessible only by staff who are directly involved in the data entry and processing of patient records.
If you are browsing our website, we do not capture data that identifies you individually. As with any other web site we keep a record of all requests made and processed to help us maintain our server and web site efficiency and effectiveness. These log records contain no personal data of any kind.
If you choose to make contact with us and provide personally identifiable data, we may keep a record of this information so as to serve you in a most efficient and effective way.
We may disclose personal information if we are required to do so by law or we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to:
* protect the patients health and wellbeing
* protect the personal safety of others.
What Communication Can You Expect From Us?
Only if you have opted-in, may we use your contact details (email address and/or home address) to send you a periodic newsletter, and information concerning special offers, promotions and services. (see below for opt-out procedure).
You may choose to modify or delete your personal information at any time. Additionally, you may choose to opt out of all further mailings. To change or delete your information, please visit or write to Morningside Chiropractic Clinic, 74 Comiston Road, Edinburgh EH10 5QJ and state that you wish to either amend your details or decline further communications.
Accessing Your Information
You have the right to request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected. Please address requests to: Morningside Chiropractic Clinic, 74 Comiston Road, Edinburgh EH10 5QJ.
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