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The use of face coverings when coming to Mid Cheshire Hospitals sites

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People infected with Covid-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and can transmit the virus to others without being aware of it.

We are introducing measures at Mid Cheshire Hospitals to keep visitors, patients, and staff safe.

As we begin to ease our visiting restriction from Monday 7th September we are asking all visitors and outpatients to wear a face covering within our buildings. This will apply to outpatients, visitors, suppliers and anyone else who needs to come into our shared public areas, to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

What does this mean for me?

We can all play a role in reducing the spread of coronavirus and keeping our hospitals safe. If you are coming to hospital as a visitor or for planned outpatient care, it is important that you wear a face covering at all times when inside the building. This is for your safety and the safety of other patients and staff.

Please bring your own face covering with you whenever possible, but if you do not have one available when you come to hospital you will be provided one on arrival.

For some people, wearing a face covering may be difficult due to physical or mental health conditions. In these instances, other measures will be considered on a case by case basis, for example timed appointments and being seen immediately on arrival. 

If you are a deaf or hearing impaired, our staff have a range of communication 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.

All visitors will be expected to comply with existing social distancing and hand hygiene measures in addition to the face coverings while in the healthcare setting.

Do children need to wear a face covering?

Babies and children under 3 should not wear a face covering. Children older than 3 can wear a face covering, but it may be removed if it is causing any distress.

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