All UFS Medical patients aged 12 years and over are requested to wear a face mask for all face-to-face consultations. Please advise our staff if you have a diagnosed medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask.

If you are in a position to make your own cloth mask, the Victorian Government has provided useful instructions on how to make an effective mask.

Wearing a face mask helps keep you and others safe. COVID-19 is spread from close contact with an infected person and can be spread when a person coughs or sneezes.

Other ways to protect yourself and others from contracting coronavirus (COVID-19) is keeping 1.5 metres apart, washing your hands often, and coughing or sneezing into your elbow or tissue. Face masks add an additional protective physical barrier.

 Safe mask habits:  

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after touching your mask
  • Never use a dirty or damaged mask
  • Check your mask does not have holes or a valve*
  • Make sure your mask covers your mouth, nose and chin, and that there are no gaps on the sides
  • Avoid touching your mask while you are wearing it
  • Take care when you take your mask off – unhook it from your ears and pull it away from your face
  • Wash reusable fabric masks in hot, soapy water after each use
  • Put your disposable mask straight in the rubbish bin after you take it off.
  • Wash your hands after removing the mask.

* Masks with valves only filter air going in, so they only protect you and not others.

For more information on masks, go to:

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-masks-victoria-covid-19