United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has issued an update on face mask rules as guidance is relaxed nationwide. From Monday, June 20, face coverings will no longer be required to be worn by staff and visitors in ‘non-clinical’ areas.
The update comes amid national rules on mask-wearing GP surgeries and hospitals in being largely ditched under new guidance. It has now been left to individual organizations to draft their own rules, with ULHT introducing their own rules from next week.
Dr Karen Dunderdale, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Nursing at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, has confirmed the updated guidance. Ms DUnderdale said: “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have regularly reviewed and updated our infection control policies and procedures in line with national guidance as it has developed, to keep our staff and patients safe.
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“From Monday 20 June 2022, we will be making some changes at our hospitals. These changes mean staff and visitors will no longer have to wear masks in non-clinical areas, such as corridors and cafes.
“They must continue to be worn on wards and in waiting areas and clinic and treatment rooms. Masks will remain available at our entrances and must be used in our clinical settings.
“We are increasing the number of available visiting slots to our wards. Appointments still need to be booked with the ward.
“We continue to ask anyone attending outpatient appointments or emergency departments to come alone and we will be reducing social distancing in our outpatient departments, to enable us to see more patients. Further guidance for those visiting our hospitals and any exceptions remains available on our website.
“I would like to thank everyone for their continued support as we continue to maintain the high infection prevention and control standards expected in our hospitals and help our staff, patients and visitors feel safe and supported.”