Wearing face masks/face coverings


Patients using any ESNEFT services and all visitors must now wear a face mask or face covering 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 face mask or a face covering. Exemption cards can be downloaded from the gov.uk website.

We would also ask that you continue to regularly wash / 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).

A face covering can be made of fabric and does not need to be a medical mask. You can quickly make your own by following these simple steps.

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

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


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

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

Government guidelines around the use of face coverings and 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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