Newark Advertiser poll: Should facemasks still be worn in all areas of hospitals?
Facemasks will no longer need to be worn in most areas of a trust's hospitals, including Newark.
Masks had previously been required in all areas of Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust's three sites since the start of the pandemic to protect staff, patients and visitors from covid-19.
Now, members of the public won't need to wear one in most areas of Newark Hospital, King's Mill and Mansfield Community Hospital.
Under the new guidance, facemasks will only be needed in designated ‘high risk’ areas including the trust’s intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, theatres and other areas where its most vulnerable patients are treated.
Trust staff may also ask that patients and visitors wear facemasks in other clinical areas, including when a patient has suspected or confirmed covid-19 or another respiratory infection, a patient is immuno-compromised or following an outbreak of respiratory infections within the hospitals.
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