We have made the difficult decision to ask all staff and visitors to any of its wards or clinical areas to wear face masks or coverings.
The move comes as community cases of COVID-19 continue to rise.
Lindsey Robertson, chief nurse, said: “Sadly, we are seeing increasing numbers of COVID-19 on our wards.
“Thankfully the patients with COVID are not as poorly as we were treating when the pandemic was at its height. It’s manageable but we are asking for all visitors to help us by wearing a mask when they come to see their loved ones in hospital.”
Single use masks will be available free of charge in all wards and clinical areas at the University Hospital of North Tees, University Hospital of Hartlepool and Peterlee Community Hospital.
Patients are not being asked to wear face masks but may do so if they wish.
Lindsey Robertson also appealed for people to take up the COVID-19 and flu vaccines. She commented: “Staying fully vaccinated is really important, for yourself and to protect your friends and family.
“I’d ask everyone who is eligible to get their annual flu vaccine and up-to-date COVID-19 vaccines. Viruses mutate and change so getting your jabs when offered is vital.”
Find out more about flu and COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and bookings online.