Social distancing is one of the most important measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In order to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in the hospital, and to protect patients, colleagues and yourself, it is vital that you maintain a distance of 2 metres from anyone who is not a member of your household and, when this is not possible, wear a mask or face covering.
- Maintain a two metre distance between yourself and others in all locations around the Campus for your own safety and for the safety of others – this includes moving around the site, queuing for food, visiting the staff sanctuary and taking breaks outside.
- Consider carefully and plan your route to and from buildings and areas to minimise footfall and touching of door handles, etc.
- Hold all meetings and conversations remotely. Where this is absolutely unavoidable, no more than five people should meet together and must maintain a two metre distance between each other – or use a mask or face covering.
We have identified handover meetings as situations where social distancing is not maintained whilst PPE is not worn. We would recommend that in these situations, new surgical face masks should be worn to prevent potential spread of the virus.
You should also maintain a distance of 2 metres from others during your breaks, even if you are outside. Breaks should be staggered wherever possible to reduce the number of people in staff rooms, and alternative locations should also be considered. If it is not possible to maintain a distance of 2 metres in a staff room a mask should be worn. We would recommend that staff members have their refreshments and then wear a new face mask for the rest of the duration of their break.
If you have to travel to work to carry out tasks which are both essential and absolutely cannot be undertaken from home, travel by car and avoid public transport if possible.