PATIENTS and visitors will no longer have to wear a mask at Southampton General Hospital.

The announcement comes as NHS England issues new guidelines on the use of masks in hospital settings.

However patients will be asked to wear masks in some circumstances, including at the emergency department and other admission areas.

Masks will remain available at the entrances to the hospital for those who wish to continue using them.

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A spokesperson from the hospital said: "We appreciate the easing of mask wearing and social distancing requirements marks a significant change for both our staff and our patients, and we need to continue to support each other during this period of transition.

"During this time we will also work to update all signage and messaging that is either being displayed through the estate or is available through our digital channels.

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