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Patients reminded to wear face coverings if attending hospital sites

Patients are being reminded to take and wear their own face coverings when attending local hospital sites.
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Face coverings - such as scarves or homemade masks - are sufficient protection for visiting hospital sites (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Medical grade face masks need to be used for the staff performing treatments. For patients and visitors, a face covering will suffice.

Wearing a face covering (or mask) will help to limit the spread of Covid-19, and protect others from the virus.

For the face covering to be effective, please be aware that:

  • It should cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breath comfortably
  • You should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and taking it off
  • When wearing the face covering, you should avoid touching your face at all times
  • You should also follow other infection control safety measures when visiting our hospitals, including social distancing and regular hand washing.

For safety reasons, the following groups do not need to wear a face covering when visiting our hospitals:

  • Young children under the age of 2
  • Anyone with breathing or developmental difficulties
  • An unconscious person
  • Anyone who experiences genuine discomfort or distress while wearing a face mask
  • Pregnant women who have gone into labour
  • Anyone unable to remove their mask without assistance.

There are various online retailers selling homemade face coverings, but scarves or bandanas tied at the back of the head - as long as the material is covering your nose and mouth - works as well.