Wearing face masks in our hospitals


Patients using any ESNEFT services and all visitors must now wear a surgical face mask covering their nose and mouth at all times to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to protect themselves and others.

This applies to everyone, apart from children under the age of 11 or people with certain medical conditions or disabilities which mean they are exempt from wearing a surgical face mask. Exemption cards can be downloaded from the gov.uk website.

If you arrive at our hospitals wearing your own fabric face covering, please change this for a surgical face mask when you arrive. Mask dispensers are available at all of our main entrances.

Fabric face coverings should not be worn in our wards and departments for infection control reasons.

We would also ask that you continue to regularly wash and/or sanitise your hands and maintain social distancing when you are at our hospitals.

Evidence has shown people infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19) can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and can transmit the virus to others without knowing.

It is therefore important that we take these steps to continue to slow and stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Anyone who comes to hospital in an emergency will be given a surgical face mask when they arrive.

Watch this short video for some useful tips on wearing face masks:


You can also visit the gov.uk website for all the latest advice on:

  • why you should wear a face mask
  • when you wear it
  • who is exempt

Government guidelines around the use of face masks in hospitals were announced by Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on Friday, 5 June.

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