Some people regularly drink water throughout the day, what is best practice for wearing a mask in this instance?
People need to be more disciplined about when to take a break. You do need to change your mask every time you take a break. Masks are not required in Covid-secure areas.
I am touching my face more with a mask on; surely this is putting me at more risk than not wearing one?
Ensure that you wash your hands before applying the mask and take the time to fit it correctly; this should reduce the need to frequently touch your face. Taking scheduled breaks will help to ensure that you are hydrated and that your skin does not …
Children under 11 years are not required to wear face coverings.
Work is in progress with this nationally. There is a limited supply that will be shared across all NHS Trusts, and our Trust has requested a supply of these.
We have 17 different makes of Type IIR Masks within our stocks so it is anticipated that it will be possible to resolve the irritation issue by offering alternatives.
Do staff need to wear masks on reception areas or in the patient’s bank if they are behind a screen and socially distanced?
No, if office is accredited Covid-secure following risk assessment. Masks should be worn if there is more than 1 staff member present and they regularly break social distancing. However where only 1 staff member is present, a mask is not required.
This cannot be mitigated unfortunately at present. However, the Trust will continue to seek solutions.
I’m asthmatic and its causing me difficulties wearing them all the time – am I exempt like I would be on the bus?
In the first instance, a referral to occupational health would be required to do a full assessment. They will give advice and alternatives can be considered. A visor can be used if necessary in place of a face mask, but not to replace PPE requirements. …
Pharmacy staff visit reception areas across the whole of the Fieldhead site, do we need a new mask for each building or can we use the same one for those visits?
Masks should be changed on entering each new building. This is not necessary if dropping something off or picking something up from reception.
This will be reviewed regularly at national level and in the Trust, but there is no definitive answer to this question at present.