Medical grade masks must be worn at Southern DHB facilities

Medical grade masks will be made available for all patients, visitors and staff, the Southern DHB...
Medical grade masks will be made available for all patients, visitors and staff, the Southern DHB says. Photo: Getty Images
Staff, patients and visitors to Southern District Health Board facilities aged eight years and over must now wear a medical grade face mask.

The DHB made the announcement this afternoon, in line with the country's move to Red on the Covid-19 traffic light system.

It said while there was still no confirmed transmission of the Covid variant Omicron in the district, wearing medical masks would ensure a better standard of protection.

Dr Susan Jack
Dr Susan Jack
“Medical masks are much more effective at protecting people from Covid-19 than fabric masks or cloth face coverings. This is something we can all do to help protect our vulnerable patients and our communities,” said Southern DHB Medical Officer of Health  Dr Susan Jack.

“People should also continue to practice physical distancing which means staying at least one meter away from people you don’t know.”

The Southern DHB recognises that not all patients and visitors will have access to medical grade masks.

“Medical masks will be made available for all patients, visitors and staff in both clinical and non-clinical settings,” the DHB's chief operating officer, Hamish Brown, said.

“All patients are required to wear medical masks unless they have a mask exemption or are physically unable to for clinical reasons.

"Visitors are asked to wear a medical mask, scan into all areas they visit in the hospital using the QR codes, practice hand hygiene and stay home if they are sick.”

More information regarding mask usage at DHB facilities can be found on the Southern Health website.

 

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