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Visitors to Ipswich Hospital, Felixstowe Community Hospital and Aldeburgh Community Hospital no longer require face masks



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Face masks are no longer required in three hospitals in Suffolk, it has been revealed.

Visitors to Ipswich Hospital, Felixstowe Community Hospital and Aldeburgh Community Hospital no longer have to wear a surgical mask in most areas.

The East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) announced the change yesterday.

Visitors to Ipswich Hospital, Felixstowe Community Hospital and Aldeburgh Community Hospital no longer have to wear a surgical mask in most areas. Picture: Google
Visitors to Ipswich Hospital, Felixstowe Community Hospital and Aldeburgh Community Hospital no longer have to wear a surgical mask in most areas. Picture: Google

Visitors to A&E, urgent treatment centres or high risk areas, such as wards with patients being treated for cancer or respiratory illnesses, will still be expected to wear a mask.

A spokesperson said visitors will be advised on the requirements in the area they plan to visit when they call to book a slot.

They said: "If you would prefer to wear a surgical face mask when you come to see us for a visit or appointment, they are still available at all our main hospital entrances, or just ask a member of staff on the ward or department you are visiting who can supply one for you.

"If you would like anyone in our teams to wear a face mask while they are caring for you in an area where masks are no longer required, please let them know."

More information is available on the ESNEFT website: https://www.esneft.nhs.uk/your-visit/coronavirus/.

Face masks had, until yesterday, been a requirement since the start of the pandemic.