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Facemasks will continue to be worn by staff, patients and visitors in NHS settings

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Everyone accessing or visiting our hospital and community sites are being asked to continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.

Covid-19 restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday (July 19).

However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Vanessa Smith, Chief Nurse at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We welcome the news that face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place across our hospital settings and community sites, to keep each other safe and protect people who use our services. In addition to the Covid-19 vaccine, these measures will reduce the risk of infection.”

James Lowell, Chief Operating Officer at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As Covid-19 restrictions are lifted in many places on Monday, everyone has a part to play in helping to control Covid-19 infection rates. We would like to thank all our all visitors, people who use our services and our staff for supporting our infection control guidelines.”

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.

The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.

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