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Bank holiday services and mask guidance updates

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Changes to some routine services on bank holiday

Monday 19 September will be a public Bank Holiday, which means some of our routine services will be closed so that staff and patients can participate in the lying in state and subsequent funeral of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

If your appointment is affected by this, we will contact you directly to confirm this before Saturday. All affected appointments will be rescheduled as quickly as possible. If we do postpone your appointment and you have already booked patient transport to help you get to hospital, please do not forget to cancel it.

If you do not hear from us, please attend your appointment as per the details included in your NHS letter.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mask guidance updates

Following regional guidance and discussion with the Infection Prevention and Control team and the Chief Nurse, from Tuesday 13 September, wearing a mask will be a personal choice in corridors, offices, outpatient areas and diagnostic areas.

We are still asking all staff, patients and visitors to continue to wear masks in inpatient areas, areas where patients are assessed for admission, such as Combined Triage Assessment Unit and departments such as the Emergency Departments and Combined Day Units, to protect staff, patients and visitors.

Masks will still be available at the entrances to our hospitals for those who wish to wear them. If you are unsure whether you need to wear a mask when entering an area, please ask a member of staff who will advise.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind our communities of the importance of hand hygiene, which remains a vital measure in controlling the spread of infection.

Thank you for your continued support in following our Infection Prevention Control guidance.