Updated PHE guidance on use of face masks by pharmacy staff

Updated PHE guidance on use of face masks by pharmacy staff

July 24, 2020

Public Health England (PHE) has updated its guidance on the wearing of facemasks in primary and community health care settings. In summary, the recommendation is that all pharmacy staff now wear facemasks, unless the pharmacy is COVID-19 secure, including all staff being able to maintain a social distance from one another.

This aligns the PHE guidance with PSNC’s guidance to contractors, issued in mid-June.

Read the updated PHE guidance

The recommendation is for a Type l or Type ll face mask to be worn to prevent the spread of infection from the wearer. If Type IIR face masks are more readily available, and there are no supply issues for their use as personal protective equipment, then these can be used as an alternative to Type I or Type II masks.

The extended use of face masks does not remove the need for other measures to help to protect staff, patients and the public and contractors should ensure that all appropriate and relevant steps continue to be taken to make the pharmacy COVID-19 secure.

 



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