Face Covering During Covid

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In pharmacies, GP practices, Pontefract UTC and Pinderfields Hospital you should wear a face covering unless under three years old or you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a covering. This will help to keep everyone safe.

We are asking all our patients to wear a face covering or something else that can cover the mouth and nose, such as a scarf, if you come to the surgery for an appointment.

You can use a simple scarf or bandana that ties behind your head or make your own ‘no-sew’ face coverings using the advice available online at the gov.uk website. Simply search for ‘face covering’. Face coverings are also available to buy in shops or online.

Face coverings should not be worn by children under three and people who would find wearing them difficult (such as people with breathing difficulties).

Clinicians that are seeing patients face-to-face will be wearing personal protective equipment (face mask/gloves/aprons). This is for your safety as well as theirs.

Further advice about wearing face coverings can be found here www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

From minor illnesses to serious injury and mental health support, services in Wakefield are #StillHereToHelp. Please contact the most appropriate service for your needs and remember to wear a face covering if attending in person, unless you are exempt.

Don’t forget – pharmacists are trained medical professionals who can advise you on the best treatment for a range of common conditions. Find your nearest pharmacy here: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy/

Many minor illnesses and injuries such as a sore throat, coughs, colds and small cuts can be treated in your own home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.  There is lots of information about self-care on the NHS website www.nhs.uk

Your NHS is working hard to maintain our services despite a significant increase in demands due to COVID-19. Please only attend the Emergency Department if you have a life or limb threatening illness or injury. If you need help but it’s not an emergency, visit NHS online or call 111 – it’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Using the right service means that you and your family will get the best treatment and it also allows us to help the people who need it the most.

The Urgent Treatment Centre at Pontefract Hospital is open 24/7 to treat urgent or non-life threatening conditions.

You will be seen much quicker by choosing the right service. If you’re not sure which service to use, visit NHS online or call 111 – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Feeling unwell over the weekend? Call NHS 111 instead of going to the Emergency Department and you will speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will assess your symptoms and direct you to the best medical care for you.