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Surgical masks required in all clinical areas

To support safe patient care and colleague wellbeing, all visitors and colleagues in clinical areas, including outpatients, are required to wear surgical masks at all times, unless eating or drinking, or if they are medically exempt. Clinical areas include wards, examination and treatment rooms, waiting rooms and all outpatients’ services.

Why do we need you to wear a mask?

We want to help keep people safe and re-introduced mask wearing response to a rise in respiratory infections in our communities. Wearing a mask helps to enhance protection for patients, visitors, and colleagues.

We are also seeing an increase in the level of staff absence due to COVID-19 and respiratory illnesses.  While the total number of cases remains low, reduction in staffing can have a big impact on how quickly we can provide patients with the right care, at the right time. Please help us by wearing a mask unless you are medically exempt.

What about other areas of the hospitals?

Mask-wearing is not yet needed in non-clinical areas, but staff and visitors can wear a mask in all settings if they choose to. Non-clinical areas include offices, lifts, restaurants and corridors.  We will keep the situation under review, responding to changes in infection rates in our communities and hospitals and any national guidance.