Guidance on wearing face masks in healthcare settings

You must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare buildings

The legal requirement to wear a face covering in shops, public transport and other enclosed public spaces will end on Monday 19 July and it will be replaced with government guidance. However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

  • The COVID pandemic is still with us and there continues to be transmission in the community. It is therefore vital that we continue to protect each other. Healthcare settings will continue to make infection control measures a priority. This will include asking people to social distance and to wear face coverings where possible.

  • Infection, prevention and control measures are a priority in healthcare settings and so wearing a mask is important to protect each other from COVID.

  • NHS visitor guidance for face coverings will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

  • Please continue to wear a face covering and practice social distancing in healthcare buildings to protect yourself, staff and other patients.

  • Please be advised that the requirement for masks and social distancing is still in place across all healthcare settings.

  • The requirement for masks and social distancing is still in place across all healthcare settings. Please remember to wear a face covering when you come into the surgery, wash your hands and do not attend if you have any signs or symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

From: Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs

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