Dorset HealthCare changes guidance on face coverings

WEARING masks at Dorset HealthCare sites is no longer mandatory.

With the success of the vaccination roll-out, and a reduction in cases of Covid-19, we will no longer be asking visitors and staff to wear masks in public and clinical areas at our sites, in line with the approach also being taken in the local acute hospitals.

Mask wearing will now be a personal choice for anyone working at, or visiting our sites, and masks will still be made available for anyone wishing to take extra precautions.

The only areas masks may still be required, will be when we need protect patients who have lowered immunity or respiratory illnesses. These areas will have notices on entrance doors to advise visitors.

If you are unwell with a raised temperature, coughing, sneezing, diarrhoea or vomiting, the advice to avoid coming into Dorset HealthCare buildings remains.

Staff will continue to observe good hand hygiene and wipe down all shared spaces, in line with infection prevention and control recommendations, to minimise the spread of infections within a clinical environment.

Thank you to everyone for following the previous guidance and wearing masks for such an extended period of time.

Patient safety remains our priority and we will continue to take precautions in line with infection prevention and control guidelines to protect all visitors, staff and patients.

Professor Dawn Dawson, Chief Nursing Officer
at Dorset HealthCare

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