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Face coverings still required at Peterborough City and Stamford Hospitals and in healthcare settings across Leicestershire and Rutland

People in the area are being reminded that they still need to wear a face covering in healthcare settings.

Ahead of the relaxation of restrictions on Monday (July 19) NHS bosses in Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are reminding people that it is still compulsory to wear a mask or face covering in all healthcare settings, including GP practices and vaccination sites.

Caroline Trevithick, chief nurse for the three Leicester Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “Although most covid restrictions will end in the community from Monday, we need to take extra precautions in healthcare settings.

Peterborough City Hospital
Peterborough City Hospital

"Your GP practice is working hard for you and wants to keep you safe and confident when attending the surgery, and this is also about protecting others.

“When you visit your GP practice, you can help keep our staff and our most vulnerable patients safe by continuing to follow the simple precautions that we are all now familiar with.

"You must wear a mask or face covering, sanitise your hands and maintain social distancing.”

Avinash Hiremath, medical director of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), added: "It is

important for everyone to know that the guidance for healthcare settings is not the same as it is for our outside, social or home lives.

"We care for vulnerable and unwell people in close contact.

“It is our responsibility as health and care professionals to keep everyone safe and reduce transmissions, and that includes visitors abiding by our rules when they come into our sites.

"The pandemic is not over. Cases across the UK are currently rising, as are hospitalisations.

"We must all act carefully to manage the risks to ourselves and others.”

While in healthcare settings people must also maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of covid.

The NHS is also asking everyone aged 18 or over to make sure they are fully vaccinated, with two vaccine doses.

Visiting restrictions and Covid-19 secure measures will also remain in place at Peterborough City and Stamford Hospitals.

Jo Bennis, Chief Nurse for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Whilst many areas across the country may be easing Covid restrictions, I would like to reiterate that this will not be the case within our hospitals.

“We ask that anyone visiting or working in our hospital sites will continue to wear a face mask, remain two metres apart, observe hand washing guidelines and sanitise their hands upon entering and exiting our buildings.

“I would like to thank everyone for adhering to our safety advice and doing their bit to continue to protect our patients and themselves. These measures really do make a difference to help minimise the spread of the virus.”

Visiting restrictions will remain in place to reduce the footfall coming into the hospital and to maintain a safe environment for vulnerable patients.

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