Since July, all staff, patients and visitors have been required to wear a face mask or covering at St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals, as well as at community services provided by St George’s.

Given the rise in Covid-19 infection rates across the country, it is more important now than ever that we do everything we can to keep each other safe. This means regular hand-washing; social distancing; and wearing a face mask or covering to control the spread of the virus.

Covid-19 usually spreads by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. When used correctly, wearing a face mask or covering can reduce the spread of Covid-19 droplets, helping to protect others.

While St George’s staff are required to wear a face mask at work, patients and visitors can wear a face covering if they choose.

To support the launch of the Trust’s new campaign, four members of staff from St George’s have shared their reasons for wearing masks.

  • Jacqueline, Chief Executive, said: “I’m wearing my mask to protect you.”
  • Michael, porter, said: “I’m wearing my mask to help protect patients when moving around the hospital.”
  • Prince, infection prevention and control nurse, said: “I’m wearing my mask because keeping people safe is what we do.”
  • Tola, midwife, said: “I’m wearing my mask to keep mums and babies safe at St George’s.”

Watch a short film featuring all four members of staff here:

Posters featuring Jacqueline, Michael, Prince, Tola – and even Rosie, the Trust’s Pets as Therapy dog – are being distributed to wards and departments across the Trust.

Exemptions do apply, but the vast majority of staff, patients and visitors do need to wear masks – so whatever your reason, please wear a mask to keep us all safe.

Further guidance on face coverings for patients and visitors can be found here on the Trust’s website.