Updated guidance on wearing facemasks

Date: 20/10/2023 | Category: News 2023

To minimise the spread of infections as we move into winter months we have updated our guidance on wearing facemasks on our hospital sites.

Visitors and patients are advised to wear a facemask in our emergency and urgent care areas which include:

  • Emergency Department
  • Children’s Emergency Department
  • Cardiac and Stroke Receiving Unit (CSRU)
  • Maternity triage
  • Urgent Treatment Centres (UTC)
  • Ward 15 (Stoke Mandeville Hospital)

You may also be advised to wear a facemask by staff on wards and in departments where there may be patients with compromised immunity or in areas where cases of flu or COVID have been identified.

Facemasks are available on wards and at all entrances to our hospitals.

If you would prefer members of staff involved in your care to wear a facemask, please ask that they do so. Please also feel free to remind them to wash their hands – we want you to feel safe and comfortable in our care.

While in our healthcare settings we kindly ask you to continue to practice good hand hygiene and to wash your hands in soap and water at every opportunity.

Hand sanitiser is available for use upon entering and leaving ward areas.

Please do NOT visit if you are unwell, have flu like symptoms or have experienced diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours.

Find out more about our infection prevention and control measures in the Trust.