Coronavirus - Face Coverings
17th July 2021: England’s Chief Nurse has today reminded the public that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.
It is an act of human kindness to wear a face covering when you are within 2 meters of anyone you do not live with or anyone not in your support bubble.
As a medical centre, we have a a legal responsibility to protect our staff and our patients and we ask that patients apply a face covering before entering the surgery, where possible.
Please follow this link for government guidelines on how to make a face covering.
Wearing a face covering is an added precaution that may have some benefit in reducing the likelihood that a person with the infection passes it on. Evidence shows a face covering can help in reducing the spread of droplets; it stops them from leaving the mouth and nose area and reduces the size of area in which they spread.
A medical grade clinical mask is not necessary. These need to be prioritised for clinical staff working in high risk areas. Instead, for patients who are visiting healthcare sites, a face covering is sufficient.
Contaminated droplets can also be picked up from surfaces by touch and subsequently from touching the face. It is important people refrain from touching their face covering when wearing it, where possible, to avoid hand to mask transmission of the virus. Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing. Regular hand washing remains an important action.
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