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Guidance for hospital visitors on face masks

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From Monday 14 September 2020, in line with Government recommendations we are asking outpatients and visitors to wear a  fluid-resistant surgical face mask when visiting our hospitals.

Wearing a face mask will help to limit the spread of Covid-19.

We are asking that all visitors to our hospitals wear fluid-resistant surgical face masks. If you do not have one of these masks, one will be provided at all entrances to our hospitals. We also encourage all visitors to follow the below guidance:

  • You should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting your mask on and taking it off
  • When wearing the face mask, you should avoid touching your face at all times
  • You should also follow other infection control safety measures when visiting our hospitals, including social distancing and regular hand washing.

Whilst we ask visitors to wear face masks in our hospitals for the protection of themselves, patients and our staff, we realise that not all people are able to tolerate wearing a mask. The following groups do not need to wear a face mask when visiting our hospitals:

  • Young children under the age of 3
  • Anyone with anatomical difficulties that would make wearing a face mask impossible or painful e.g. facial injuries
  • People with breathing difficulties
  • Anyone who experiences severe discomfort or distress while wearing a face mask e.g. those with severe claustrophobia
  • Anyone unable to remove their mask without assistance.

Alternatives types of mask are available if required. If you have any concerns or queries please speak to a member of our staff.