Face coverings now required in hospitals

You now need to wear a face covering if you visit someone in hospital, or if you have an outpatient appointment.

This guidance has been introduced by the Department of Health and Social Care to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep patients, visitors, and staff safe. Face coverings can be cloth and/or homemade, and advice on how to wear and make one can be found on the government website.

University Hospitals Bristol guidance

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 see a member of staff on arrival and we will provide you with one.

Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting your face covering on and after taking it off. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times. If using a reusable face covering, store used ones in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.

It is also important that you please continue to observe social distancing (two metres) wherever possible, wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser.

North Bristol Trust guidance

People can choose whether they either use a surgical mask supplied by us, or bring their own mask or covering. However, if they are visiting an inpatient they must wear one of our masks.

There will be dedicated mask collection points at the reception areas of all of our sites except the Brunel Building, where there will be a collection point inside the main entrance and at the ED entrance.

In the Brunel building there will be a fast track area for patients who arrive with their own mask or covering.

There will be clinical waste bins to dispose of the face masks alongside hand gel stations to maintain infection control standards.

We anticipate there may initially be some small queues at busy times, but Move Makers and security will be on hand to offer support and oversee social distancing.

Elective surgery patients will continue to enter via the admission lounge on Dorian Way without the need to wear a mask.