Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our objective has always been to protect both our staff and patients, and this will remain the same.
The Government has advised that the public should still wear masks when with other people they do not know, or in crowded areas, however, the legal restrictions have now been removed.
The guidance we have been given will continue to help reduce the risk of infection, therefore we are not changing our current practice when it comes to personal protective equipment (PPE).
This means that masks, gloves, aprons and eye protection will be worn when attending all patients. Higher levels of PPE will be necessary for patients who are COVID-19 positive or require treatment that can result in the release of airborne particles from the mouth.
We will continue to wear masks whilst travelling in both the front and rear of ambulances on emergency and non-emergency vehicles. The only exception to this is if a member of staff is alone in any of these spaces.
Patients in our care will be asked to wear a mask when possible to do so.
Our staff have been consistently wearing PPE throughout this pandemic and we would like to thank them for their continued commitment to patient care.