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Date: 23 February 2024
From Thursday 1 September 2022, visitors to St Mary’s Hospital and our other sites are once again no longer required to wear face masks, unless it is their personal preference to do so.
These changes have been made in line with national guidance on the mandated use of face masks in healthcare settings and reducing numbers of positive cases.
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 and chemotherapy departments.
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 followed the range of infection prevention and control guidance in place throughout the pandemic and more recently when we felt it necessary to reintroduce mask wearing on our sites. The actions have made a positive difference to our community.
“The Island’s level of COVID is currently low, however this guidance may change again at any time if there is a known or suspected outbreak of COVID, or a new variant emerges."
Further information can be found on our Patient and Visitors’ webpage: www.iow.nhs.uk/visiting