NHS patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings

NHS England (NHSE) has confirmed that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.

Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday. However, Public Health England’s (PHE) infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including GP practices, dental practices, optometrists, pharmacies and hospitals to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting, as well as using face coverings and other personal protection equipment.

The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings. Read NHSE’s full statement

A recent BMA survey revealed that 91% of doctors believed masks should continue to be worn in healthcare settings where practical and 90% said they should continue to be worn on public transport. Read more at www.bma.org.uk.