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13 June 2022

Face masks no longer required by visitors at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals unless by the bedside of a patient


 Patients and visitors at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will no longer be required to wear a face mask when attending one of the hospital sites, unless by the bedside of a patient.

Patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 will also be asked to continue to wear a face mask or covering if they can tolerate it and will be provided with a face mask when admitted to the ward.

The new guidance will come into effect from Monday 13th June and will apply to all five NHS adult hospitals in Sheffield including the Northern General Hospital, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Jessop Wing, Weston Park Cancer Centre and Charles Clifford Dental Hospital.

Staff will be expected to wear a face mask when having a face-to-face clinical interaction with a patient. This will apply to all hospital sites, community settings and within patient’s homes.

Dr Jennifer Hill, Medical Director (Operations) at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have been closely monitoring the continued decline in COVID cases coming in to our hospitals and the new national guidance on infection prevention. In response to those two things, we have made the decision to reduce some restrictions at our hospitals and are therefore no longer asking visitors to wear a face mask when entering our hospitals, unless by the bedside of a patient. However, we are still asking that people continue to help us by not coming in to our hospitals if they have COVID or flu like symptoms and should continue to wash their hands regularly.”



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