SOUTHAMPTON'S ambulance service has urged patients to help keep them safe by wearing a mask after Monday.

In a post on their social media channels this week, South Central Ambulance Service said their staff would continue to wear PPE.

"Following the Government’s announcement this week, lockdown measures will cease on 19 July.

"This means that many things which have been part of our life for over a year will cease.

"As COVID has not gone away it will of course remain advisable to meet outside where possible and wear masks in crowded places.

"While at work our staff will continue to wear protective equipment such as masks and aprons.

"This means that when they arrive with you either following a 999 or 111 call or when you are travelling with our Patient Transport Service, they’ll be wearing masks and will be asking you to do the same.

"Please help us to keep everyone safe by wearing one when they ask you."

The post was greeted with supportive comments from members of the public.