The use of face coverings when coming to hospital at Yeovil Hospital.

In line with recent recommendations from the World Health Organisation, we are introducing new measures at Yeovil Hospital to keep visitors, patients, and staff safe.

People infected with COVID-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and can transmit the virus to others without being aware of it.

From Monday, 15th June 2020 you will need to wear a face covering when you come to hospital as a visitor or outpatient.

What does this mean for me?

We can all play a role in reducing the spread of coronavirus and keeping our hospitals safe. If you are coming to hospital as a visitor or for planned outpatient care, it is important that you wear a face covering at all times. This is for your safety and the safety of other patients and staff.

Face coverings can be cloth and/or homemade, and advice on how to wear and make one can be found on the government website. Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice are also acceptable, providing they are not loose and cover the mouth and nose.

We are asking that you plan in advance and bring a face covering with you whenever possible, but if you do not have one available when you come to hospital, please visit the Main Reception as soon as you arrive (or the Women;’s Hospital reception if more appropriate) and we will provide you with one.

If you are currently shielding and have been provided with a surgical face mask for your appointments, please continue to use this. If you have not been provided with a surgical face mask, you should wear a face covering.

For some people, wearing a face covering may be difficult due to physical or mental health conditions. In these instances, other measures will be considered on a case by case basis.  

If you are deaf or hearing impaired, our staff have a range of communication options to ensure that they can communicate effectively with you. This might include the use of clear masks where possible, as well as visual aids such as mini-whiteboards, and sign language.

Wearing a face covering does not change the importance of social distancing or hand hygiene. You should continue to observe social distancing guidance within the hospital and should wash or gel your hands frequently.

Where do I go for more information?

If you have further questions regarding the changes we have made across the Trust, please call or ask a member of staff when you visit.