Wearing a face covering in GP practices and hospitals after the Covid restrictions have been lifted

From today (Monday 19 July), the restrictions on wearing a face-covering lifted, but the guidance from Public Health England confirms that people must still wear a face-covering like a face mask in healthcare settings like your GP practice and hospitals. This is to stop the spread of Covid-19 and keep yourself and staff safe when they’re at work.

What does this mean for me?

  • When you book an appointment with your GP you will have a telephone or online appointment where possible. If you need to be seen in person, a receptionist will book you into the practice.
  • When you arrive at your GP practice or hospital appointment, yourself and anyone accompanying you must wear a face-covering such as a face mask. You can find out how to make a cloth face covering on the Gov.uk website.
  • Staff in the practice or hospital will be wearing personal protective equipment.
  • Doors and windows will be kept open where possible to let any Covid particles out into the air.
  • GP practices and hospitals will take the necessary steps to make sure the premises is Covid-19 secure and safe for you to visit.
  • Remember to wash your hands regularly and use the hand sanitiser provided, keep your distance from people and avoid touching your face.

For more information about the current infection prevention and control guidance, visit the Gov.UK website.