A message from Surrey Choices – Updated Friday 23 December 2022
From 22nd December the Department of Health and Social Care revised its Covid guidance for social care providers and made a number of changes to its guidance, including removing the requirement for staff to wear masks at all times when providing direct support. A link to the detailed DHSC can be found here.
This easing of the restrictions reflects the reduced risks now associated with the virus. In response to this guidance as well as comments that we have received from people using our services many of whom find that having staff wearing masks acts as a barrier to communication we will be implementing the new guidance from 4th Jan.
While staff will continue to wear masks when providing personal care they will not routinely wear masks at other times. However, we will be continuing to follow Covid good practice in relation to hygiene and ventilation, and where it has been identified that individuals we support are at higher risk from the virus we have in place individual risk assessments to help mitigate any potential risk.
If you have any questions regarding these changes, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the managers in your service who will be able to assist or our main office:
Head Office Address: Surrey Choices, Fernleigh Activity Centre, Fernleigh Close, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. KT12 1RD
Office – 01483 806806 (Monday – Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm)
Short Breaks – 01483 806550 (24 hours a day)
Text – 07860 020130