Face coverings still needed in healthcare settings

While the government has lifted Covid-19 restrictions, it has asked that everyone continues to act carefully and remain cautious in their approach to everyday life.

That is especially true for healthcare services; where some patients are very vulnerable.

All healthcare settings in Kent and Medway will keep the current infection prevention and control (IP&C) measures that are already in place.

That means:

  • masks will still need to be worn by patients, visitors, staff and anyone else entering a healthcare setting – this incudes hospitals, clinics, GP practices – unless you are medically exempt
  • social distancing will remain – both in waiting rooms and in wards 
  • a flow of fresh air will be encouraged in all healthcare buildings
  • some restrictions managing visitor numbers may still apply – this may vary depending on space available and other service specific issues, hospitals will provide clear information on any visiting restrictions.
  • Continue to regularly wash your hands or use hand sanitiser, avoid touching your face if you can and remember not to get too close to people – hands, face, space.​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Make sure you self-isolate if you show symptoms, test positive or are contacted by Test and Trace.

If anyone hasn’t yet been vaccinated, it is really quick and easy to grab a jab. Find out more about the Covid-19 vaccine here.

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