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Behind the scenes with the Clinic Assistants at Lushington Chiropractic

The Lushington Chiropractic Clinic Assistants

Do you ever wonder what the clinic assistants get up to when they are not managing the front desk or answering the phones?  We get to see lots of guests here at Lushington Chiropractic but we only ever see you within the treatment experience and we thought it would be really nice to share with you some of the other things that go on behind the scenes and that took place on a typical Tuesday in November.

First off telling us about her day is Judy.

7.15 am

I arrived early for my shift to start at 7.30am as I like to feel that I am on top of things so that I can give the reception desk my full attention. I really enjoy meeting and greeting people as they come in and chatting about a myriad of subjects from the weather to the traffic to where they went on holiday!  It is always lovely to speak to someone who first came to us in a lot of pain and are so happy that they are starting to feel so much better as a result of the treatment they have received at the clinic here in Eastbourne.

Blog on clinic assistants Image shows Clinic Assistant Judy arriving to open the clinic.

Judy arriving to open the clinic.

One of the early jobs of the day is to make sure that the Massage Therapists  have a plentiful supply of towels and blankets for their busy day ahead. We have 4 massage therapist here at Lushington Chiropractic who all work in different ways to help relieve simple things like stress in the shoulders or more complicated conditions like frozen shoulder or tennis elbow, the Chiropractors often refer their guests for massage to be used in conjunction with their chiropractic treatment and it works very well.

9.00 am

My fellow clinic assistant Theresa took over on the reception desk so that I was able to go into the office and work on administrative things like checking our databases to make sure we have all the correct details for our guests, it is surprising how often Eastbourne gets incorrectly spelt! Or the dialling code for Eastbourne telephone numbers is not included.

Blog on clinic assistants Images shows clinic assistant Judy standing at the filing cabinet, pulling guest files for the next day

Judy pulling the guest files

I was delighted to be told by another of our lovely team of clinic assistants, Claire that one of our guests had tried some cake that I had made for Kirsty one of our Massage Therapists here at the clinic in Lushington Road for her Birthday, he had enjoyed it so much he wanted the recipe!! We all know we should eat as healthily as possible but who doesn’t enjoy a slice of cake now and again?

We are a very close team and we like to try and make people feel special when it is their Birthday.

11.00 am

I sorted out our ‘events box’, Our Chiropractors often go to outside events in the Eastbourne area where they are able to meet people who live locally who have possibly never tried Chiropractic, The Chiropractors enjoy speaking to people and finding out what may be worrying them and usually it is something they can help with and they will then advise them to make an appointment for a full assessment where the Chiropractors can get to the root of the problem and work out a personalised care plan for them.

Blog on clinic assistants. Image shows clinic assistant Judy putting items into a red plastic box.

Judy ensuring everything is in order for the next event.

12.00 am

I started working on a project of collating all the wonderful testimonials that our guests have written about the great care they have received here at the clinic in Eastbourne.

Thanks for sharing your day with us Judy.

 

Next we hear from Carole.

8:45am

Well fortunately for me, today is a lovely sunny day in Eastbourne – well it is known as suntrap of the south! My shift at Lushington Chiropractic starts at 9am today but I am here nice and early to get ready for the day ahead.  My day today starts with checking the front and back drive for any rubbish that has blown on and clearing a mound of leaves that has accumulated, not a very glamorous job but we are all proud of the clinic and take turns in doing it.  After this I make a start on pulling the guests files for the following day.

10:30am

Part of our job is to support the practitioners making sure they have everything they need and with 5 chiropractors and 4 massage therapists we tend to generate a lot of washing.  Chiropractic and massage bench covers are changed regularly and as well as the hand towels you see in the bathroom we also have the towels in the treatment rooms, blankets and any gowns that we use for new guests. You may well have seen our washing drying on the back drive, to do our bit for the environment we try to dry it outside as much as possible but as you know the weather here in Eastbourne can be unpredictable!

Blog on clinic assistants. Image shows clinic assistant Carole with a drying rack full of washing on a lovely sunny day

Drying the washing in sunny Eastbourne.

11:30am

The chiropractors have asked me to telephone some of their guests just to catch up with them, this could be to check how their exercises are going or for those who we haven’t seen for a while just a quick call to ask how they are feeling, or perhaps to remind them to make their next appointment. If possible it’s always good to book your appointments ahead especially if you can only come at a particular time, those early morning and late evening slots get really booked.  It’s the same with massage as well, if you can only come after work or you want an early slot before work – book ahead.

Blog on clinic assistants. Image shows Carole seated at the computer

Busy in our front office

Next we hear from Theresa.

9:00am

I am working a few extra hours today in addition to my afternoon shift to cover the front reception for Judy.  So the first job of the day is to do a reconciliation of the takings so far as we are each responsible for our shift money.  Judy also does a handover telling me everything I need to know for the shift ahead.

Throughout the morning I welcome regular guests and check they are on time, and then can relax until the chiropractor collects them.  I answer all incoming calls which can be a variety of enquiries, ranging from new guest enquiries, to re-scheduling appointments.  The clinic has several telephone lines so often we have to answer more than one phone at once.

CA’s have many jobs that have to be completed throughout the course of the shift in addition to manning the reception and that includes checking the emails, responding to them or passing on to other colleagues. Pulling the guests files for the next day, checking and actioning a daily list of guests with outstanding appointments. It also includes keeping the reception and toilet facilities clean and tidy, washing the bench covers, hand towels, pillow cases and all the admin jobs.

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Theresa busy at work

1:45pm

After my lunch break I resume my front desk/reception duties for the afternoon shift until close at 7:15pm.

6:30 – 7:15pm

Blog on clinic assistants. Image shows Theresa about to turn the sign from open to closed.

The clinic is about to close!

I start preparing the clinic for the end of the day, this includes bringing in the sign from outside, turning off the music system and computers, clearing away the files, washing and doing the end of day banking. Once all the practitioners have finished for the day I go round and do a last check of the rooms and lock up for the day.

Well – you have probably noticed that our super CA Claire is missing!

Claire’s tasks are too many to mention here.  Not only does Claire do all the lovely power-point presentations that you see in reception, the newsletters that many of you get by email, the ordering of all the stock that we hold here at the clinic, the shopping we need on a daily basis including the lovely lemon that is in the water jug in reception as well as the apples – and don’t forget the loo rolls! She makes sure our appointment system is fully up to date, the annual leave calculated and that we get paid at the end of the month! She’s also the one that we all turn to for help and it is very much appreciated.

Look out early next year when Claire will be telling you what she gets up to on a typical day.

Blog on clinic assistants. Image shows Claire with her rubber gloves on cleaning.

Claire with her marigolds!

We would all like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about us, don’t forget all the useful hints & tips you can find on our online chiropractic blog Backblog.

 

Carole

Happy Without Back Pain

Happy without back pain

Job satisfaction is important to all of us. Getting up and going to work in the morning is made much easier if you love what you do, or if there is a sense of fulfilment that can be achieved during the day.

At our chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne, we are fortunate to be able to see the results of our hard work on a daily basis. It is very rewarding to witness how good service and effective treatment can improve people’s lives. From the front desk to the treatment table, everyone at the clinic pulls in the same direction to maintain the very highest standards for our clients. That is what makes working here at Lushington so special. And what brings so many people to our door that have historically been reluctant to seek medical assistance because of white coat fever.

On Monday, a new client came to me at reception, sat down and openly shared her happiness at how for over 25 years she finally enjoyed a day at work without being hampered by back pain. She hadn’t expected to see swift results for her long-standing problem but after getting treatment she was so happy that she had given chiropractic a try. In fact, she was quite overwhelmed at how quickly the adjustments had benefited her and allowed her to enjoy the day.

It was lovely to hear this lady share her story with me and it reminded me why I find being a clinic assistant so rewarding. You just never know when someone is going to open up to you and it is thrilling to hear that the team around you are doing such a fantastic job.

We always love to hear how our guests are doing with their chiropractic care and also their own personal changes. If you have a story to share about the benefits of chiropractic care, we would love to know how chiropractic has helped you, either in person or on our Facebook page.

 

More about our Eastbourne chiropractic clinic

Lushington Chiropractic is a multi-award winning clinic in Lushington Road, Eastbourne. Here we provide a range of treatments from expert chiropractic care to nutritional therapy, podiatry, acupuncture counselling and more.  We genuinely care about our patients and we have a passion for improving their quality of life – whether it be an individual suffering from back pain or an elderly person with osteoarthritis.

Our highly qualified and genuinely caring team have over 80 years’ experience between them. We are an extremely professional and dedicated team who deliver the highest level of service to the people of Eastbourne. In fact, we are proud to say that our patients often compliment us on the genuine, friendly atmosphere here.

Chiropractic is a well known treatment for back pain and neck pain but by focusing on the root of a problem we can help relieve a wide range of dysfunctions, reducing discomfort and aiding a patient’s broader wellbeing.  By making spinal adjustments and improving alignment we can encourage the body to work better.  Our treatments are gentle, effective and suitable for all ages from birth to ninety.

As reputable and respected chiropractors in Eastbourne, we work closely with local GPs, consultants and private healthcare to create a more integrated system of healthcare.

Whether you’re suffering with a simple muscle spasm in your back / neck or have a more serious injury or long term problem we’re here to help you.

Call today to see why over 8,000 local people have already chosen Lushington to help them: 01323 722499.

without back pain

 

Clinic Assistant – Claire