Leicester Hospitals Reinstate Mandatory Masks amid COVID-19 Surge

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In response to a recent surge in coronavirus cases among hospital patients, the necessity of face coverings has once again been stressed for particular sections within Leicester’s hospitals. This mandatory measure applies to all clinical areas within the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General, and Glenfield Hospital, as announced by senior hospital authorities.

Although the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) maintains that the rise in infections remains relatively small, the decision aims to prioritize the health and well-being of patients, healthcare workers, and hospital visitors. According to the UHL, the re-implemented face mask obligation extends to all wards as well as the emergency department waiting area.

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Despite the re-introduction of this precaution, it is stressed that masks will not be mandated in non-clinical spaces such as office areas, elevators, dining establishments, and hospital corridors. The stipulation is subject to ongoing revisions as the situation continues to evolve.

Julie Hogg, UHL’s chief nurse, elaborated on the crisis management stance: “In light of current Covid-19 levels within our hospitals, we have found it prudent to re-enforce the necessity of face mask usage within clinical areas. Although the patient count testing positive for Covid remains comparatively low, it has unfortunately seen an increase. Our resolve is solidly aimed at the safe-keeping of our patients, co-workers, and hospital visitors.”

For non-clinical spaces like offices, lifts, restaurants, and hallways, the necessity of mask-wearing isn’t obligatory at present, but it remains a subject under constant review as the situation continues to develop.