Face coverings in hospital and community areas
In the government’s daily briefing on 5 June the health secretary announced that from 15 June all visitors and outpatients to our hospitals and community settings will be strongly urged to wear face coverings when in our buildings. All healthcare staff you will see in our units will be required to wear surgical face masks.
This is to help restrict the spread of the virus through droplets that can be sprayed in to the air by coughing and sneezing. It is backed up by new advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) that face coverings can halt the spread of the disease.
This is another measure that will complement what we are already doing to keep our service users, staff and visitors safe:
• We are by practicing social distancing in all our clinical and non-clinical areas
• Our staff already wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• We regularly clean all our areas and practise frequent hand washing