Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (BHT) is asking patients, and visitors, to wear a face-covering at all times when visiting hospitals, or services provided in the community.

Wearing a face covering will help to limit the spread of Covid-19 and protect others from the virus.

For the face-covering to be effective, please be aware that:

  • It should cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
  • You should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and taking it off
  • When wearing the face-covering you should always avoid touching your face.

You should also follow other infection control safety measures when visiting the hospitals, including social distancing and regular hand washing.

For safety reasons, the following groups do not need to wear a face-covering when visiting the hospitals:

  • Young children under the age of 2
  • Anyone with breathing or developmental difficulties
  • An unconscious person
  • Anyone who experiences genuine discomfort or distress while wearing a face mask
  • Pregnant women who have gone into labour
  • Anyone unable to remove their mask without assistance.

For more information:

Watch a video: Helping us to keep you safe – wearing face coverings when attending our Trust hospital settings.

Visit Gov.uk for instructions on how to make your own face covering and for further guidance: www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

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