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Visitors and patients reminded to continue wearing face masks at GP surgeries and hospitals

Guidance around wearing a face mask has not changed in healthcare settings such as GP surgeries and hospitals. We need to keep on protecting vulnerable patients and staff. Please make sure you bring a face mask with you to appointments or if you are visiting. 
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Visitors and patients to all healthcare settings, such as GP surgeries and hospitals, are asked to wear a face covering on site (unless exempt), practice good hand hygiene and keep a safe distance from others. Whilst nationally wearing a face mask is no longer a rule but guidance for the public to follow, this is not the case in GP surgeries or hospitals. Wearing a face mask, unless exempt is still required.

Dr Anthony Gunstone, a GP in Ely, said, “Despite the easing of Covid restrictions the disease has not gone away. Every day there are people coming into GP practices and hospitals who have weak or compromised immune systems and they still need protecting. We urge you to think of other patients and staff who still need to be kept safe.”

Similarly, local hospitals are also seeing people visiting their premises without a face mask. Nicola Ayton, chief operating officer for CUH said: “Controlling Covid infection in our hospitals remains a top priority as it reduces the risk to vulnerable patients and keeps our staff safe and able to carry out their day to day roles. This means mask wearing, social distancing and hand hygiene is vital for everyone coming in to our hospitals.

“In the last few weeks we have seen the number of patients with Covid rising. We are caring for 68 patients with Covid today, with seven seriously ill in intensive care.

“For CUH, the pandemic is not over and we urge everyone to continue to support and follow the rules on mask wearing in our hospitals.”

Visiting restrictions still apply across hospitals, with people advised to check the latest guidance before travelling to see their loved one