Wearing of face coverings – patients and visitors
We can all play a role in reducing the spread of coronavirus and keeping our hospitals safe. If you are coming to hospital as a visitor or for planned outpatient care, it is important that you wear a face covering at all times. This is for your safety and the safety of other patients and staff.
Face coverings can be cloth and/or homemade, and advice on how to wear and make one can be found on the government website. Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice are also acceptable, providing they are not loose and cover the mouth and nose.
We are asking that you please plan in advance and bring a face covering with you whenever possible, but if you do not have one available when you come to hospital, we will provide you with a face mask from a designated face mask station.
Please note - the only exemptions from wearing a surgical mask / face covering are:
- If you have breathing or developmental problems
- If you experience discomfort/stress whilst wearing a mask
- If you are unable to remove your mask without assistance
Visitors entering clinical areas should continue to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate to that clinical area and will be advised by staff.
Please remember that face masks and face coverings are only effective if you use them correctly, and in combination with social distancing and other measures, such as:
- Good hand hygiene
- Avoid touching your face
- Catch it, bin it, kill it (respiratory hygiene)
- Regular cleaning of surfaces
We understand many visitors and outpatients may be anxious about coming to hospital. Please be reassured that we have additional hand gel dispensers placed around each site, and would advise against the wearing of gloves to prevent any potential spread of germs. Thank you for your co-operation.
UPDATED: 17 September 2020
In order to protect patients, staff and the public we have restricted visiting arrangements.
Visiting can only be arranged in the following exceptional circumstances:
- A maximum of two visitors for patients who are in their last hours / days and receiving end of life care
- One carer that is supporting someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism, where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed
- In exceptional cases consideration will be given to individual requests following a comprehensive risk assessment.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this challenging time.