The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Patients attending appointments still need to wear a mask

28 January 2022

Patients attending hospitals in Leeds are reminded that a mask will still need to be worn when attending any of the hospital sites, despite the national requirement to wear a mask in public places being lifted.

This includes when patients are attending an outpatient appointment in all departments.

Dr Phil Wood, Chief Medical Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “National restrictions may have been lifted but there’s no change in NHS settings and everyone attending our hospitals will still need to wear a mask.

“COVID-19 cases remain high in the Leeds community and there are 161 patients in our hospitals with the virus, with new patients continuing to be admitted. Our infection prevention measures are still in place to keep everyone safe and we would encourage everyone to continue socially distancing and using the hand gel provided on our sites.”

The following guidance is also in place at Leeds Teaching Hospitals:

      • Patients should attend their appointment alone, unless they need support to get to or from their appointment. If this is the case, only one other person should attend.
        Visiting wards will only be supported in the following circumstances:
    • The patient is at the end of their life 
    • Patients at Leeds Children’s Hospital can have two named carers to visit at any time but only one resident with them overnight.
    • Women will continue to be able to be accompanied by one birthing partner. Please see the Leeds Maternity website for the latest information and guidance 
    • The Trust will continue to make available the services and equipment that allow patients to keep in contact with their families virtually and over the telephone.