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Date: 02 March 2024
From Monday 17 April 2023, visitors to St Mary’s Hospital and our other sites are once again no longer required to wear face masks in most clinical areas, unless it is their personal preference to do so. To continue to protect those who are most vulnerable and at high risk, we ask that the wearing of face masks continues where immunocompromised patients are treated for example in oncology, haematology, intensive care and chemotherapy departments.
These changes have been made due to the rate of positive COVID-19 cases remaining at a consistently low level in the community, and is in line with national guidance on the mandated use of face masks in healthcare settings.
It remains a priority to help to keep each other, our patients and our community safe and in order to continue to protect those who are vulnerable and of high risk, the following guidance must be followed:
Many people will continue to choose to wear a face mask as their personal preference and this decision will be fully supported by the Trust.
Every entrance will continue to have a supply of masks and hand gel for people to use as they enter our hospital site.
Juliet Pearce, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and AHPs said: “Thank you to everyone who has helped us to keep our vulnerable patients and staff safe by following the infection control guidance in our organisation. The decision to stand down the use of mask wearing in our clinical areas is in response to the number of cases remaining at a low level on the Island.
“We will continue to monitor the level of COVID-19 in our community and our guidance may change again at any time should we see an increase in cases.”
Further information can be found on our Patient and Visitors’ webpage: www.iow.nhs.uk/visiting