Doncaster hospitals urge visitors to continue wearing face masks

Although we have greater reason than ever to be optimistic about the COVID-19 pandemic - with the successful vaccine campaign and the new roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions - it is still of the utmost importance that we take appropriate precautions.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 4:05 pm

For this reason, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) are continuing to ask that all visitors wear a face covering when on site, for both their safety and the safety of others.

People infected with coronavirus can have very mild symptoms, or even no symptoms whatsoever, meaning that they could unknowingly transmit the disease to others. So, even if you feel fine, it is a requirement for everyone to comply with social distancing and hand hygiene measures whilst in our hospitals.

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Everyone is urged to continue wearing face masks

In terms of what is acceptable, face coverings can be either cloth or homemade. They could even be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head. Advice on how to make them can be found on the government website. Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice are also okay, providing that they cover the mouth and nose.

A spokeman said: “Here at DBTH, we are asking that you plan in advance and bring a face covering with you whenever possible, but if you do not have one available, please see a member of staff on arrival and we will provide you with one.

"Meanwhile, if you are a deaf or hearing impaired, colleagues have a range of options to ensure that they can communicate effectively with you. This might include the use of clear masks where possible, as well as visual aids, such as writing things down, speech to text apps and sign language.”

Speaking about the guidance, David Purdue, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals, added: ‘’By wearing a face mask, you not only help to protect yourself, but also those around you. Right now, our COVID numbers at DBTH remain stable and you can help us to keep it that way by following this simple rule. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel, so please stay positive and bear with us a little bit longer.’’

Further guidance on visiting, and what to do if you need to come to our hospitals, can be found at https://www.dbth.nhs.uk/news/dbthvisitors/

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