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COVID PATIENT UPDATE
Posted on 21 May 2020
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the staff of Ashworth Street Surgery request that all adults (& children in whom it is safe to do so) wear a face covering to any face to face appointments. Face-coverings should NOT be used by children under the age of two, or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly, for example unassisted primary school age children, or those children with respiratory conditions.
Homemade cloth face-coverings can help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in enclosed spaces. They are not intended to help the wearer, but to protect against inadvertent transmission of the disease to others if you are in the asymptomatic stages of COVID-19 infection. As a result, they do not replace the need for hand washing or social distancing, but should be used in conjunction with it.
A face covering is not the same as a facemask, such as the surgical masks or respirators used as part of personal protective equipment (PPE) by healthcare and other workers. These supplies must continue to be reserved for those who need them.
It is important to use face-coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.
Examples of how to fashion a homemade face covering can be found via the links below. Simple items such as scarves are also suitable provided they cover the mouth and nose of the person wearing them.
We thank you for understanding and co-operation in this matter.
Ashworth Street Surgery