Update to face covering policy in healthcare

In the interests of patient safety and the protection of health and care staff, volunteers and visitors, the wearing of face masks and any other protective measures employed by hospitals, GP and other primary care practices.

All staff, patients and visitors should follow rules and measures introduced for their safety and protection and the protection of others. This is due to the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases in the community and in our hospitals. Therefore,all colleagues, volunteers, patients and visitors to hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies will be required to do the following:

HANDS: Wash hands regularly with soap and water or hadn gel if hand washing facilities are not available.

FACE: Wear surgical face masks (not coverings) in all public areas of our buildings.

SPACE: Give people space (1m away from people preferable) wherever possible and ensure workplaces are COVID secure.

FRESH AIR: Ensure areas are well ventilated wherever possible by opening windows etc.

Who doesn’t have to wear a face mask?

Some people do not have to wear a face mask. They include:

A child under 11

Someone with an impairment that could be affected by putting on a face mask

Someone travelling with another person who requires lip reading

Someone with a severe disability which means they are unable to put a mask on or it causes a lot of distress

You may also remove your face mask for a short period if you need to take medication, eat or dirnk

You can take your mask off if:

You are required to identify yourself

Children under 3 should not wear face masks as they are potentially dangerous and can cause choking and suffocation.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

If you have a high temperature, new continuous cough or a loss of, or change in your normal sense of taste or smell please do not attend the surgery.

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