Patient safety a priority as face coverings rule continues at Essex hospitals

With COVID restrictions being lifted from Monday July 19, the wearing of face coverings and visitor restrictions will remain unchanged at hospital sites across Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust and Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Staff and public attending Basildon, Broomfield, Southend, and Queen’s and King George hospitals and satellite sites, must continue to wear face coverings, follow social distance rules and use hand gel.

The maintaining of these rules is for the safety of patients and staff, as well as safely allowing the most vulnerable people to continue to attend hospital.

This is in line with hospitals, GP surgeries, pharmacies and other healthcare settings across the country.

Visitor restrictions will continue with each patient allowed one visitor during the times of 2-3pm and 6-7pm.Where patients are receiving end of life care, two visitors can be with them at any time.

Other patient groups may have other restrictions.

The full COVID-19 guidance for patients and visitors can be viewed here: Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for hospital visitors | Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (mse.nhs.uk)

Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May, said: “Face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place across healthcare settings so that the most vulnerable people can continue to safely attend hospital, their GP surgery, pharmacy or any other healthcare settings for advice, care and treatment.

“And it is important for the public to continue to play their part when visiting NHS and care settings to help protect our staff and patients, particularly those who may be more vulnerable to infections.

“As restrictions are lifted in many places on Monday everyone has a part to play in helping to control COVID by getting vaccinated and acting responsibly.

“It is vital that in healthcare settings, we do all we can to reduce the risk of infection for those working in our services and those who need our care.”

Dr Jagan John, Chair of NHS North East London Clinical Commissioning Group chair and a Barking GP, added: “As restrictions are cautiously lifted from Monday, it is essential that everyone continues to play their part in limiting the spread of infection – particularly with a number of critical care patients being treated for Covid-19 in our local hospitals.

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