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New guidance has been published on the use of face coverings in hospitals for patients and staff

Evidence has shown that people infected with COVID-19 can have very mild or no symptoms (asymptomatic) and can transmit the virus to others without knowing, so it is important that we take immediate steps to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Following an extensive evidence review, the national Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has made recommendations on the use of coverings by visitors.

Patients coming to hospital for planned and outpatient care will need to wear face coverings to further reduce risk.

Face coverings can be homemade, made of cloth and be reusable in line with government guidance on their use on public transport. 

We understand that it may be difficult for some patients to wear a face covering and in these circumstances other measures will be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact the service you are visiting directly if you have concerns and would like to discuss alternative arrangements.

These new measures will further help to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

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