Derbyshire's GP surgeries urge patients attending appointments to wear face coverings

GP surgeries in Derbyshire are urging patients to wear a face covering when attending appointments 

Health leaders say they're asking anyone attending practices from this week to wear one so patients and staff are protected

Dr Susie Bayley, Medical Director of the GP Task Force, said: “We know it is possible to pass on coronavirus when you don’t have any symptoms. Face-coverings protect those near you from the virus, as my mask protects you and your mask protects me. Face coverings are not a substitute for hand-washing or social distancing, but they are additional measure in the fight against coronavirus, to protect ourselves and our loved ones.”

Dr Duncan Gooch, Chair of the Derbyshire GP Alliance said: “We feel this step is necessary to protect our patients and ensure we have a clear and consistent approach across our county. The evidence supports implementation of this public health measure now. Patients across the county
will be contacted by text message and we thank them for supporting us.”

Evidence from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) supports face coverings as a means of reducing coronavirus transmission through droplet spread especially for those infected with coronavirus but not showing any symptoms.

The British Medical Association has also called for the extension of the wearing of face coverings to all ‘health, community and social care settings’.

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