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Alert Coronavirus / COVID-19

If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, do not come to our hospitals. Follow the national advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please find information on our services and visiting restrictions in our COVID-19 section.

Please see our latest guidance on face masks.

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Face mask guidance updated at Oxford University Hospitals

08/06/2022

This article is from 8 June 2022.  This situation could change in time.

From 8 June 2022, the guidance around wearing face masks at OUH has changed.

Patients must wear masks in the following areas and under certain conditions:

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or have tested positive for COVID-19
If you have symptoms of a respiratory illness
In areas where more vulnerable patients are being treated, for example Oncology and Haematology.

You do not have to wear masks in other areas, but we encourage you to do so and will support you if that is your choice.

Visitors must wear masks in areas where more vulnerable patients are being treated, and we encourage visitors in our Emergency Departments and Outpatient Departments to wear masks too.

Professor Meghana Pandit, Chief Medical Officer at OUH, said: “We will keep this updated guidance under review.  This is just one step towards learning to live with COVID-19 – however we still have a duty of care to our patients and staff and so will keep a watchful eye. 

“We will continue to support our patients and their visitors to wear face masks in all areas of our hospitals if that is their preference, and mask dispensers will remain in place in the various entrances to our hospitals.”

Please continue to clean your hands on entering any of our facilities and as often as possible using soap and water or hand sanitiser.

Please do not visit our hospitals if you have flu-like symptoms, COVID-19 symptoms, currently have or had diarrhoea and vomiting in the past 48 hours, have been in contact with anyone with the above symptoms in the last 48 hours, or have an existing medical condition or are on medication that puts you at risk of infection.  

Thank you for supporting us by doing your part in keeping our hospitals and communities safe.