We have carefully reviewed our mask wearing guidance and, from Tuesday 23rd May, masks will be a personal choice rather than a mandatory requirement for volunteers, staff, patients and visitors.

This updated guidance applies to all areas of our hospice, including clinical and non-clinical spaces.

Katie Burbridge, Director of Clinical Services and Quality at St Giles Hospice, said: “Removing the requirement to wear masks is possibly welcome news for some, but others may wish to continue wearing a mask – especially in busy areas or when in close proximity to others. The choice to wear a mask is personal and we must all support and respect everyone’s preferences.

“I would like to thank everyone for their cooperation while restrictions have remained in place for helping to keep our patients safe.”

It is important for all patients and visitors to continue to practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water regularly while visiting our hospice, as well as following any additional Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance.

We will keep mask wearing under regular review.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us on: 01543 432031