NHS Scotland introduces clear face masks to help people with communication needs

NHS Scotland introduces clear face masks to help people with communication needs

NHS National Services Scotland started distributing the masks to Health Boards in November, and they will remain in usage from early December onwards, the Scottish Government has actually confirmed.

The new transparent masks, which include a clear front panel to make it possible for lip reading, will make interaction easier and help in reducing the obstacles the pandemic has produced for those with communication needs.

New transparent face masks, made in Scotland, have been approved for use in health and social care settings.

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NHS National Services Scotland has actually placed a preliminary order for 2.3 million masks and has actually already released about 10 percent of these to Health Boards for use. Health Boards have actually been asked to prioritise utilizing the masks with those clients and personnel who have hearing problems or other communication needs.

The mask has been developed in accordance with the transparent face mask requirements originally published on 1 April 2021. It features a clear anti-fog front panel, which has actually been placed to prevent reflection and make lip reading simpler and can be used where a Type IIR surgical face mask should be used.


” Patients and staff have actually appropriately been calling for an alternative to the usual surgical face masks in clinical settings, so I am delighted NHS Scotland is rolling out these new, ingenious transparent masks. These masks suggest personnel and patients can interact plainly while staying safe.

The item has been developed and made by Scottish PPE provider Alpha Solway and is the outcome of close partnership with NHS National Services Scotland.

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” This was a vital part of our reaction to the coronavirus and this innovative and new product highlights the long term advantages a domestic PPE supply chain can bring.”

Cabinet Secretary for Health Humza Yousaf stated: “Although face masks are important to reduce the spread of coronavirus, it can trigger problems for individuals who rely on lip reading, or have other interaction needs.

” It is likewise excellent news that the masks are being made right here in Scotland. Organizations throughout Scotland strove to set up a new Scottish PPE supply chain at the start of the pandemic.

Mary Morgan, Chief Executive for National Service Scotland, included: “Patient care is of the utmost concern and clear communications is important to providing the very best possible experience for patients. Our procurement group have been striving to disperse transparent masks to health boards throughout Scotland in time for December. This is a crucial step in improving interactions with clients and personnel as we continue through the pandemic.”