Visitors to healthcare settings need to remember to ‘mask up’, says NHS Grampian

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NHS Grampian are reminding the public that anyone attending healthcare appointments or visiting loved ones in hospitals should continue to wear face masks.

The health board says that as infection rates for Covid-19 continue to rise, patients and visitors "observing basic hygiene measures will help settings to protect their staff and continue to make visiting possible". Members of the public are being urged to wear fluid resistant masks for the duration of visits, usually available from entrance points if they don’t have their own.

Latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics suggest one in 20 people in Scotland had the virus in the week ending June 17. 

Nurse Lead for Person Centred Visiting Lyn Pirie said: "The vast majority of people are listening, and we appreciate that. But we understand it can be confusing for members of the public coming into hospitals and healthcare settings as guidance for wider society changes. It is easy to assume posters and other advice is out of date.

"Please remember the rules for healthcare settings are different to elsewhere. It is important we all continue to wear masks and keep our hands clean when visiting hospitals or attending healthcare appointments. This will help us to help you."

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