Wearing face masks in our hospitals


Patients and visitors must continue to wear a surgical face mask covering their nose and mouth in our hospitals.

This is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect yourself and others.

Wearing a surgical face mask is a rule which applies to everyone in healthcare settings, apart from children under the age of 11 or people with certain medical conditions or disabilities, which mean they are exempt.

Anyone who comes to one of our hospitals wearing their own fabric face covering should change it for a clean and fresh surgical face mask when they arrive. Mask dispensers are available at all our main entrances.

If you feel more comfortable or safer wearing a higher-grade mask, such as an FFP3 mask, please make sure it is clean and fresh and has not been worn outside of the hospital before you attend. Masks fitted with a valve are not acceptable to wear in our hospitals as they do not meet infection prevention and control guidelines.

Acceptable face masks

Anyone who comes to one of our sites wearing an unsuitable mask will be asked to swap it for one of our surgical face masks. If you refuse to change your mask, you will be asked to leave. This is so that we can keep all our patients, visitors and staff safe.

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

Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation to keep everyone safe in our hospitals.

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


You can also visit the Government 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 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on Friday 5 June 2020.

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