Face Coverings Update

The legal requirement for mandatory face coverings in many public places comes to an end in England from Thursday this week (27 January). Last week, NHS England confirmed that patients and staff should continue to wear face masks in GP practices, despite the Government’s announcement that they would no longer be mandatory in public places.

Current infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance for health settings continues to say that ‘universal masking with face coverings or surgical masks to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory infectious agents in health and care settings, as a source control measure, should continue to be applied for all staff, patients and visitors’.

We would therefore be grateful if patients and visitors would continue to wear a face mask when attending the surgery to keep staff and other patients safe.