Face Coverings are still required in our hospitals
Evidence has shown that those infected with COVID-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and potentially transmit the virus to others without being aware of it.
Guidance on face coverings
Face coverings must cover the mouth and nose and can be in the form of a mask, scarf or bandanna. Information and advice about how to wear and make face coverings is available by clicking here. https://t.co/XB6UbWuhML?amp=1
There are people for whom wearing a face covering is not suitable:
- Young children under the age of 3.
- Anyone with breathing or developmental problems
- People who have lost consciousness
- People for whom coverings cause significant distress or discomfort
- Anyone who could not remove their face covering without assistance
In these instances you are not required to wear a face covering, but please be particularly vigilant about observing hand washing and social distancing guidance on site.
If you don’t have a face covering when you arrive, please speak to one of our hospital volunteers at the main entrances of our hospitals.
Whilst wearing face coverings, you should still clean your hands, observe social distancing and try to avoid touching your face as much as possible. These are other important ways you can stop the spread of coronavirus in our hospitals and in our community.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What happens if an outpatient/visitor does not have a face covering when they come to the hospital?
If an outpatient or visitor does not have a face covering when they come to hospital, one should be provided by staff on arrival.
What does this mean for pregnant women during appointments and labour?
As inpatients, women in labour are managed under different guidance. Women attending hospital as outpatients for antenatal or postnatal appointments will need to wear a face covering. Children and babies under three years should not wear a face covering.
What about cloth/homemade/donated face masks?
Outpatient and visitor face coverings can be cloth and/or homemade (www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering)
Does my face covering worn for religious beliefs/cultural practice qualify?
Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice are acceptable, providing they are not loose and cover the mouth and nose.
What if I am outpatient/visitor and unable to wear a face covering?
For some, wearing of a face covering may be difficult. When on site you may be asked at the door, so please just let our volunteers know you have a reason and observe all other measures social/physical distancing, attending your appointment on time (rather than early). You may wish to call ahead to the clinic holding your appointment to discuss.
What about the impact of masks on communication for people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment?
We know face masks can make it more difficult for patients who are deaf or have a hearing impairment. We’re educating all our staff on the impact that this will have on our patients.