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11.06.2020 DERBY: From today ALL patients attending GP surgeries across Derbyshire will be asked to wear face coverings.

From next week (15 June), it will be compulsory to wear face coverings on public transport and in hospitals in England.

Now, to protect patients and NHS staff, Derbyshire GP practices are to follow suit by urging patients to provide, and wear their own face coverings in surgeries, as well as continuing to follow handwashing and social distancing guidelines. As per government guidance, exemptions apply to very young children, disabled patients and those with breathing difficulties.

Dr Susie Bayley, Medical Director of the GP Task Force, said: “We know it is possible to pass on coronavirus when you don’t have any symptoms. Face-coverings protect those near you from the virus, as my mask protects you and your mask protects me. Face coverings are not a substitute for hand-washing or social distancing, but they are additional measure in the fight against coronavirus, to protect ourselves and our loved ones.”

Dr Duncan Gooch, Chair of the Derbyshire GP Alliance said: “We feel this step is necessary to protect our patients and ensure we have a clear and consistent approach across our county. The evidence supports implementation of this public health measure now. Patients across the county will be contacted by text message and we thank them for supporting us.”

Evidence from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) supports face coverings as a means of reducing coronavirus transmission through droplet spread especially for those infected with coronavirus but not showing any symptoms.

The British Medical Association has also called for the extension of the wearing of face coverings to all ‘health, community and social care settings’.

You can find out how to make a low-cost face covering, including options for those who rely on lipreading on the Derbyshire General Practice Task Force website.


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