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Hospitals: Protective Clothing

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL3638, tabled on 28 April 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of NHS hospitals that are not giving personal protection equipment fit tests to staff.

Answered on

20 May 2020

The National Medical Director and Chief Nursing Officer of NHS England and NHS Improvement wrote to National Health Service Chief Executives, Chief Nurses and Medical Directors, emphasising the importance of proper fit testing of disposable sessional personal protective equipment (PPE) face masks (such as FFP3 masks).

The United Kingdom Government and devolved administrations have published clear guidance on appropriate PPE for health and social care workers. It is critical that health and care workers make themselves aware of and follow these procedures, so they do not risk exposing themselves to COVID-19 as they remove PPE.