We know that wearing a face covering can help protect those around us.
Face coverings are not only to be worn in your appointment, but at all times in the practice for the protection of other patients and all staff. Please put yours on Before entering the building 😷 If you are unable to wear a face covering for any reason, please inform Reception.
It is recommended that people wear a face covering in enclosed spaces, where:
- social distancing may not be possible
- you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet.
From the 24 of July in England, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops as well as on public transport and in hospitals.
The reason for using face coverings
Coronavirus (COVID-19) can spread predominantly by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. These droplets can also be picked up from surfaces, if you touch a surface and then your face without washing your hands first. This is why social distancing, regular hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes is so important in controlling the spread of the virus.
The best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances, helping to protect others.
Because face coverings are mainly intended to protect others, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) they are not a replacement for social distancing and regular hand washing.
When you wear a face covering make sure you:
✅ fully cover your nose and mouth
❌ don't touch the front of it
✅ wash your hands before & after putting it on or taking it off
✅ wash the face covering regularly with your normal laundry
Staying safe and well at our sites
We are working hard to make sure that our sites are safe for you to attend if you need to.
You can be sure that during any appointments, our clinical staff will wear PPE (a face mask, apron, gloves and often a visor) to keep you safe and to ensure that we can stay healthy and able to look after you.
It would be great if patients coming to our sites for any reason could wear a face covering. This isn’t compulsory, but we know that wearing a face covering can help protect those around us.
Lots of us have learned how to make these masks recently, there are lots of easy instructions and tutorials on the internet, and we will share some photos of our creations.
These links contain advice on how to make a washable, reusable face covering for yourself, some are really simple and easy and don’t need any sewing at all. Others are a little more complicated and perfect for those crafty people amongst us. They can be made from old shirts, pillowcases, old t-shirts- all sorts of things you may have at home.
So please, have a go! Make something simple, or a little more complicated, make it suit your personality, and if you are able, maybe make one for a friend or relative so we can all help to protect each other.
Face covering Exemptions
There are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, whereby people are not expected to wear face coverings. Please see the letter below, from Dr Nigel Watson, Chief Executive, Wessex Local Medical Committees, for further guidance. Our GP's will not be providing exemption letters.