Face coverings – Monday 19th July update

Covering your face when you’re in the GP practice

Even though the restrictions on wearing a facemask lifted on Monday 19 July, the guidance from Public Health England confirms that people must still wear a face mask in healthcare settings like your GP practice and hospitals. This is to stop the spread of Covid-19 and keep yourself and our staff safe when they’re at work.

What does this mean for me?

  • When you book an appointment with your GP you will have a telephone or online appointment where possible but if you need to be seen in person, a receptionist will book you into the practice
  • When you arrive at your GP practice, yourself and anyone accompanying you must wear a face covering such as a face mask. You can find out how to make a cloth face covering on the Gov.uk website
  • Staff in the practice will be wearing personal protective equipment
  • Doors and windows will be kept open to let any Covid particles out into the air
  • Your practice will take the necessary steps to make sure that the premises is Covid-19 secure and safe for you to visit
  • Remember to wash your hands regularly and use the hand sanitiser provided, keep your distance from people, and avoid touching your face

For more information about the current infection prevention and control guidance visit the Gov.uk website.