COVID-19 is still with us, and the safety of NHS patients, visitors and staff is our top priority.
- In line with Government guidance, everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering, unless they are exempt, and follow social distancing rules.
- This applies to all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dentists, optometrists, and pharmacies, to ensure patients and staff are protected.
- NHS teams will continue to take other infection prevention and control measures to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other infections in health and care settings.
- It is important for the public to continue to play their part when visiting NHS and care settings to help protect our staff and patients, particularly those who may be more vulnerable to infections.
- Patients who are exempt from wearing a face covering should provide proof of exemption.
As a healthcare provider we are working hard to make sure patients continue to have access to healthcare safely. Our staff do not deserve to be shouted at, sworn at, and to feel threatened by the abuse they are receiving after asking patients to wear a face covering.
We will continue to ask patients to wear a face covering in line with Government guidance. If you are exempt from wearing a face covering, please bring proof of your exemption or give a reason to our staff why you cannot wear a face covering.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.