From Monday 15th June, and in line with recent recommendations from the World Health Organisation, the Trust will ask staff, visitors, out-patients and members of the public to wear masks or face coverings while on hospital premises. This is because people infected with COVID-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms and can transmit the virus to others without being aware of it.
We can all play a role in reducing the spread of coronavirus and keeping our hospitals safe. If you are coming to hospital as a visitor or for planned outpatient care, it is important that you wear a face covering at all times. This is for your safety and the safety of other patients and staff.
Outpatients, visitors and members of the public arriving at our hospitals will be asked to:
- Sanitise their hands
- Only enter the hospital if their visit is essential
- Maintain social distancing
- Wear a face covering or mask throughout their visit
Outpatients, visitors and members of the public should try to plan in advance and bring a face covering with them whenever possible, but masks can be provided for those arriving without.
Face coverings can be cloth and/or homemade, and advice on how to wear and make one can be found on the government website. Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice are also acceptable, providing they are not loose and cover the mouth and nose.
Thank you for helping to protect yourself, your loved ones and our staff.