Dear Friends of Livelong,
I write to you today to announce that with immediate effect, we have closed all Livelong clinics - Hintlesham, Long Melford and Manningtree. We have had no guidance from the osteopathic governing body, but feel very strongly that social distancing is the only way we can all fight Covid-19 and it needs to be taken very seriously. It is a heartbreaking decision when I know how hard my team and I have worked to build up the clinics that you know and trust.
We have taken this decision for the health and wellbeing of you, our patients, my team, all of our families and our communities. The government advice is clear, social distancing can work if we adopt it early enough.
We do however feel a huge conflict in also helping to ensure the NHS hospitals and GP surgeries are not burdened with conditions we can help. For that reason, we will accept EMERGENCY PATIENTS ONLY.
We would class an emergency patient as someone who we could help with pain who otherwise would be heading to the GP or hospital. Emergency patients must adhere to the same guidelines of being healthy with no new cough or fever or being in any of the following at-risk categories:
- chronic respiratory or heart condition
- over 70
We will require a phone or online consult with you to assess your condition and if we feel we need to see you in clinic we will make an appointment.
On a positive note, we will be available online to help your body keep up with your life and to help reset your body at regular intervals to stay as healthy and strong as possible at this time. Our mental health is also vitally important and as a team, we have a lot we can do to keep your mindset in the right place. We will be delivering regular webinars, online consultations and Q&As.
To make our online offering easy to find and keep track of, we have created 'Project Livelong'. Here are all the places you can access Project Livelong directly, but we will also be sharing our teams work via all of our regular Livelong channels:
Facebook - Project Livelong this is where you will find summary videos of our webinars and our online schedule. Follow this page to stay in the loop about what we are releasing.
Facebook Community - Project Livelong join our Facebook group to jump into our Project Livelong community, here you will be able to watch full replays of our webinars and watch them live in the feed. The community will be filled with supportive people who are all working to stay strong and healthy at this time and this is where you will also find our team hanging out ready to help and answer questions.
Youtube - subscribe to our channel this is where we will post summary content, teasers, replays, go live and private videos for our Project Livelong community.
Website - livelongltd.com
We will be able to offer a wide range of courses from yoga, pilates, rehabilitation exercises and breathwork, as well as all our current clinic offerings all available online. In addition to all this, we will also be collaborating with other health professionals to inform and guide your health throughout the coming weeks and months.
On behalf of myself and all of my team, thank you for all the support you have shown us. We, like all of us, are nervous about what is to come but we are all committed to helping your body keep up with your life. We hope to see you online.
Stay safe and keep well. If our team can help in any way please call 01473 652509 where our phones will continue to be manned and we are always happy to talk.
Tom and all the Livelong Team