Visitors and patients coming to hospital for planned and outpatient care need to wear face coverings to further reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus to other patients and staff.
Face coverings can be made of cloth and be reusable in line with government guidance on the use of face coverings for public transport. 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.
People who do not bring a face covering with them when attending hospital will be provided with one by the Trust. Some patients who are currently shielding have also been provided with a surgical face mask for necessary in-person appointments.
Wearing a face covering may be difficult for some people due to physical or mental health conditions. In these instances, other measures will be considered on a case by case basis, for example timed appointments and being seen immediately on arrival.
We understand that the use of face masks by clinical staff can be challenging for patients who are deaf or hearing impaired. Where possible, clear masks will be used by clinical staff to communicate with these patients, or alternative communication techniques employed such as the use of visual aids like writing things down, speech to text apps, and sign language.
We believe that these measures for staff and patients will help to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in Salisbury District Hospital. Patient and staff safety continues to be our number one priority.
Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.