Face coverings must now be worn when attending healthcare appointments

This will be one of several measures being introduced in healthcare settings. Full details within

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From Monday 15th June, all visitors and patients attending appointments must wear a face covering at all times.

In line with Government guidance, all members of the public needing to visit NHS sites will need to wear face coverings.

One of several measures
Wearing a face covering is one of a number of measures that is being put in place to help keep patients, visitors and staff safe.

Visiting restrictions at St Mary’s Hospital remain in place – people wanting to visit patients should phone the ward area in advance.

Webster: Will support the safety of everyone
Alice Webster, Nursing Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said:

“We would like to thank our Island community for their continued support and to reassure them that we are taking every step to ensure that our healthcare facilities are safe for everyone and wearing face coverings to appointments is an additional measure that will help.

“From Monday when patients come to St Mary’s Hospital they will see all staff wearing face masks, not just those working in clinical areas, and again this is to support the safety of everyone.

“We are also asking people to arrive at the time of their appointment, and not before and to come unaccompanied unless a chaperone is required. These measures will really help us to safely maintain social distancing.”

Help reduce the risk of transmission
Evidence suggests face coverings can help reduce the risk of transmission if you are suffering from coronavirus, but not showing symptoms.

A face covering can be anything from a fancy fabric mask, to a quirky homemade creation made from a shirt or a sock to simply a scarf; as long as it covers the nose and mouth and you are able to breathe comfortably.

Attend your appointment unaccompanied
As we continue to try and limit the number of people visiting our hospital you will need to attend your appointment unaccompanied, this includes when attending for a blood test. However patients are allowed to bring a chaperone with them if the patient is a child or they lack capacity.

Further information for patients and visitors is available through the Website

Advice on how to make your own face covering is available here.

If you or anyone in your household has experienced symptoms of coronavirus in the last 14 days, please do not attend your appointment unless you have confirmed it is safe to do so with the relevant department.

News shared by Isle of Wight NHS Trust. Ed

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Friday, 12th June, 2020 5:20pm


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@onthewight – can you clarify, headline says “healthcare appointments” which would imply GPs as well, but link is St Marys only?


It does say ‘NHS Sites’ so if your GP is on an NHS site they will be required.
The problem I have if you are visiting your GP you are presumably ill and face masks will exasperate your condition.


I had to wear a mask for a GP appointment a week or so ago. They provided it.


search for “Masks (Part 2) – The Reasons They want Us To Wear Them” by the channel Vernon Coleman
International best-selling author, Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA, explains the sinister reasons behind the introduction of laws forcing us to wear masks.


Do you bulk-buy the tinfoil for your hats?


Yep…Vernon Coleman has written a lot of books of a similar sort. Also, he is no longer a gp and hasn’t practised for a long time…