Important information for patients: face coverings

From Monday 15 June all patients coming to our hospitals for outpatient appointments must wear a face covering while in our buildings. This is in line with new government guidance to help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in all hospital settings and keep you and our staff safe.

When entering our hospitals, please ensure you:

  • Wear a face mask or covering at all times that covers your mouth and nose. This does not have to be a medical/surgical mask, it can be made of cloth and be as simple as a scarf that ties behind the head while allowing you to breathe comfortably. If you do not bring a face mask/cover with you, you will be given one on arrival by a staff member at the hospital entrance. See government guidance on how to make a face covering
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser as soon as you enter the hospital, and frequently thereafter. You should also avoid touching your face, wherever possible, and wash/sanitise your hands before putting on and removing your face covering  
  • Keep a two-metre distance between yourself and anyone you come across during your visit. You may see markings on the floor in our buildings to help you comply with this.

Patients who fall within the following groups do not need to wear a face covering when visiting our hospitals: 

  • Children under the age of 3
  • Anyone with respiratory conditions or breathing difficulties
  • Anyone unable to use a face covering without assistance.

If you fall into any of these groups, please contact the relevant department in advance so that any necessary arrangements for your visit can be made.

Please note: visitor restrictions are still in place at our hospitals. Visitors will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances outlined here

Thank you for helping keep our patients and staff safe. 

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