Face masks to be worn in some hospital areas from Thursday 11 January 2024

Patients and visitors will be asked to wear a hospital-provided face mask when attending some areas of hospitals in Lincolnshire from Thursday 11 January 2024.

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The additional infection prevention and control measure is being re-introduced in some high-risk areas due to an increase in respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19 and Influenza A in the county’s hospitals and community settings.

Everyone will be asked to wear a hospital-provided type II R surgical face mask unless medically exempt when attending the following areas:

  • Emergency departments, urgent treatment centres and other admission areas, such as Oncology Assessment Units and Paediatric Assessment areas.
  • Admission wards: Medical Emergency Assessment Unit (MEAU) and Surgical Emergency Admissions Unit (SEAU) at Lincoln County Hospital, Integrated Assessment Centre (IAC) and Acute Medical Short Stay (AMSS) at Pilgrim Hospital Boston and Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) at Grantham and District Hospital.
  • Haematology/Oncology wards: Waddington ward at Lincoln, the Bostonian at Boston and chemotherapy units.

Visitors to our hospitals are reminded:

  • If you are unwell, please don’t visit until you are feeling better. If you have symptoms such as diarrhoea and vomiting please do not visit the hospital until you have been clear of these symptoms for at least 72 hours.
  • Hand hygiene continues to be very important. Please ensure you regularly use alcohol hand rub available to clean your hands both before and after you visit a loved one. Hand rub dispensers can be found at the entrance to each ward in our hospitals.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after going to the toilet, to prevent the spread of infections.

See our Information for Visitors page for more details about attending our hospitals.