Wearing a Cloth Face Covering During Your Visit
From Monday 15th June, in line with government guidance we are asking that all Alder Hey outpatients and visitors wear a cloth face covering. This does not include children under the age of two years old or anyone with respiratory or developmental conditions.
From Monday 15th June, in line with government guidance we are asking that all Alder Hey outpatients and visitors wear a cloth face covering. This does not include children under the age of three years old or anyone with respiratory or developmental conditions.
Wearing cloth face coverings/masks may slow the spread of respiratory viruses and help people who may have the virus, and do not know it, from infecting others. They should continue to be used alongside other measures including social/physical distancing, practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene and cleaning surfaces.
If you do not attend with your own cloth face coverings, we will have some available from a number of hygiene stations around the hospital. You can find out how to use your covering safely here.
If you prefer to make your own cloth face covering you can find out how to do so here – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering
Please continue to help us reduce the spread of Covid-19 by:
– Washing or gelling your hands when entering Alder Hey and in ward areas.
– Limiting visitors to one person at a time (chosen from two nominated adults) – see here for more.
– Keeping 2 metres apart where possible.
- Reduce the spread
- Do and don’t – cloth masks
- Who should wear a cloth face covering?
- Wearing cloth face coverings
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
– Why should I wear a cloth face covering?
You can be infectious for others before noticing symptoms, wearing a cloth face covering aims to protect people around you.
– When should I wear a cloth face cover?
You should wear a face covering if you are visiting Alder Hey. You can also consider wearing a cloth face cover wherever you are unable to maintain social distancing (staying 2 metres apart from each other) e.g. public transport, shops… Remember to keep practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene measures.
– Who should not wear a cloth face cover?
Young children (especially below 3 years of age), anyone with breathing or developmental problems or an unconscious person should not wear a face covering.
– Why should I wear a cloth face cover and not a surgical mask?
Surgical masks and respirators should be reserved for healthcare workers or other medical first responders.
– Is a cloth face cover a single use item?
No, you can reuse a cloth face covering if you wash it appropriately. They should be put into the washing machine after each use and washed at the warmest appropriate water settings with any detergent. Thereafter, the face cover needs to dry thoroughly (either through direct sunlight or at high heat).