Advice on Face Masks in Non-Direct Patient Facing Areas

Surgical face mask

The Trust continually reviews government information to inform our internal risk assessments and advice. 

The Trust is working through the workplace assessments for non-clinical areas covering all stations, training/support facilities and AOCs. As any further advice or guidance becomes available, we will review and update. 

As part of the risk assessments we consider the risk of community spread which can be concentrated pockets or defined areas such as a whole county.  This is in addition to advice over social distancing, hand washing and symptom checking. 

All staff should therefore wear surgical face masks when they are unable to maintain the 2m distancing. This is particularly relevant in ambulance cabs and other vehicles such as driver training. 

A decision to move from advisory to mandatory will be taken based around further information and risk assessment. This can occur in departments as part of the risk management or because of outbreaks internally or externally. Current examples are within AOC as part of our internal risk assessment and in Bedfordshire due to outbreaks including community spread. 

It is important to note this guidance is for non-direct patient facing areas, there is no change in the current guidance for patient contact in A&E and PTS and appropriate PPE should be worn.

 Published 7th August 2020

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