Monthly Archives: July 2021

NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings

COVID restrictions ended in many settings in England from 19 July 2021.

However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.

 

Message ahead of restrictions changing on 19 July 2021

The government is planning to remove current infection prevention and control restrictions and make protective measures a matter of individual responsibility. This change comes into effect on Monday, 19 July.

We have now received clear guidance from Public Health England, making clear that this change does not apply to healthcare settings. Current infection prevention and control guidelines (and hospital visiting guidance) remain in place for all staff and visitors.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services, including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies, to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.

 

Keep wearing your mask