Facemasks in Middlewood Practices

The Government has suggested that facemasks should be worn in hospitals although there has been some confusion as to whether this applies to primary care.  Clarification has been made however today that although not compulsory, in any setting where social distancing may be difficult, (such as visiting the GP) face coverings should be used on a voluntary basis.

The Middlewood Partnership is, therefore, requesting, for the safety of our staff and patients, that all visitors wear a face mask if at all possible.

A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment. These should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace

Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly

Face coverings do not replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, and/or high temperature, and/or loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste – anosmia), you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face-covering does not change this.

It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.

You can make a face covering at home – there is guidance on the Gov.uk website as below

https://wwwgov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a face-cloth-covering

The key thing is that it should cover the mouth and nose.

Many thanks for your understanding.