Guidance for service users wearing masks has not changed. Visitors and those attending for outpatient appointments are expected to wear a face covering.
Visors will need cleaning with So-chlor each time they are removed. This will be when leaving the work environment and when taking a break.
Will the Trust be providing visors for community teams when we visit violent/aggressive patients for Mental Health Act assessments?
We provide visors for community staff in these situations. We are also looking at using goggles.
No, face masks are single use and should be disposed of safely when removed.
Yes, whenever you are in clinical inpatient areas unless you are working alone in an office on a ward or you are visiting the toilet. In community clinical locations and where an estates led risk assessment has deemed it a Covid-secure environment, face masks may …
Follow the supplier’s advice which is usually a full clinical shift however if it becomes damp or uncomfortable it needs to be changed. We don’t expect anyone to keep the same mask on for 12 hours as people will need to take comfort breaks which …
A standard operating procedure is available on the intranet regarding bins and disposal of face masks.
Can staff continue to take their masks off in the ward offices when they can maintain 2m social distancing?
No, masks must now been worn unless they are alone in the office.
Visitors and carers coming into our buildings are asked to wear face covering/masks, should these be surgical masks?
The guidance says that face coverings should be worn to protect other people from infection and prevent pre-infection spread. Wearing something is better than nothing.
Not at the moment. The Trust is working closely with all teams to ensure that adequate amounts of masks are distributed.