From Monday 15 June, people attending local hospitals for outpatient appointments or as visitors, are being asked to wear face coverings to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 and keep hospitals safe.
Face coverings can be made of cloth and may be homemade. Detailed advice on making and wearing face coverings is available on the Government website.
The new measures are being introduced alongside existing Government guidance to reduce the spread of Covid-19, such as hand hygiene and social distancing.
As part of the new provisions, all hospital staff, including clinical and non-clinical staff groups, will also now wear face masks at all times, when not otherwise using personal protective equipment.
CCG Medical Director and local GP Dr Martin Jones, said:
Patient and staff safety continues to be our top priority and these new measures will further help to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and keep our hospitals safe for patients as well as staff.
Evidence shows that people infected with Covid-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms and can transmit the virus without being aware of it, so it’s important we take these extra steps to stop transmission of the virus.
As well as wearing face coverings, it’s also vital that people continue to observe the national guidance on hand hygiene and social distancing.
Outpatients will be advised of the need to bring a face covering ahead of appointments and the new arrangements will also be promoted on hospital sites and through other patient communications.
Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice can also be used, provided they cover the mouth and nose and are not loose.
People who do not bring a face covering with them when attending hospital will be provided with one on arrival.