Page last updated: 28 October, 2020, 10:46am
From Monday (15 June) visitors and patients coming to hospital for planned and outpatient care must wear face coverings when in hospitals to further reduce the risk of coronavirus.
Face coverings should cover the mouth and nose while allowing the wearer to breathe comfortably and can be as simple as a scarf or bandanna that ties behind the head to give a snug fit. Further information can be found here government guidance
Alongside wearing a face covering, people attending healthcare settings are asked to:
- Clean their hands often and to wash their hands – or use the hand gel available – when arriving and leaving
- Follow social distancing measures
- Come in alone, wherever possible, or attend with just one other person
Patients having surgery will need to self-isolate for 14 days before their operations to make sure that we keep our clinical areas coronavirus-free and will be tested for COVID-19 as part of their pre-operation check.
We are also continuing to recruit to our growing ‘social distancing’ team – volunteers who are on hand at main entrances to offer a warm welcome, provide support with wayfinding and help answer any queries or concerns. You can find out more about being a volunteer at https://careers.nuth.nhs.uk/your-career/volunteer
Face mask exemption
You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to.
We know how upsetting it can be to be confronted by a stranger for not wearing a mask.
Euan’s Guide is national charity which provides badges for disabled people to wear, to indicate to people that they are exempt from wearing a face covering or mask: https://www.euansguide.com/news/face-mask-exempt-badges/
If you identify someone who would benefit from wearing one of these badges, please get in touch with the Learning Disability team on
Tel: 0191 282 0347.