Arrangements for attending your appointment

People infected with Covid-19 can have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all and can transmit the virus to others without being aware of it.

In line with recent recommendations from the World Health Organisation, the government has made the wearing of face coverings or masks a national requirement in hospitals and other health and care settings. We therefore ask for your cooperation when visiting one of our sites for an appointment:

  • You must wear a face mask or face covering, unless we have already risk assessed you and advised you not to
  • We will advise you about the need to wear a face covering when we contact you about your appointment
  • Though we advise you to bring your own face covering or mask, we will provide masks for any patient who needs one

Face coverings can be cloth and/or homemade - 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.

Note that children aged under three do not need to wear a face covering.

If you wish to visit a patient in one of our inpatient units, please visit this page for further information.

By following these requirements as well as general government advice about social distancing and hand hygiene, you help to reduce the risk of transmission and keeping our sites safe.