Royal Stoke brings back face masks as Covid rages

-Credit: (Image: UHNM)
-Credit: (Image: UHNM)

Face masks have been brought back at Stoke-on-Trent's main hospital. University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) NHS Trust has reintroduced face masks 'in all clinical areas' from this week.

The new rule affects the Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford's County Hospital. It comes as the Royal Stoke warns visiting times could be restricted once again and anyone with Covid symptoms should stay away from the hospital.

A Royal Stoke spokesman said: "Multiple variants of Covid-19 continue to circulate in the population during all seasons and UHNM has noticed an increase during June. As a result, we are re-introducing the wearing of fluid resistant surgical masks in all our clinical areas.

"Patients and visitors will also be required to wear a mask when in clinical areas at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital. Entrances to all wards and clinical areas will have masks and hand gel available for staff, patients and visitors to wear. This guidance will be regularly reviewed and updated based on the community prevalence of Covid-19."

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