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We support open visiting on all our hospital sites:

9am to 9pm

You are welcome to visit at any time, but if you intend to visit before 9am or after 9pm, please arrange this with the senior sister or nurse in charge.

Patients and visitors have really welcomed the more relaxed open visiting hours as it makes it much easier for friends and families to visit. This proves a great benefit for patients in the recovery process, and visitors tell us that it makes visiting much easier to fit in with their work and other commitments.

We need to have some things in place to ensure that open visiting doesn’t interfere with nursing and clinical needs, and doesn’t adversely affect the quality of any patient’s stay while in hospital.  

Visitor information leaflet

On all wards, the following rules apply:

  • Please could visitors refrain from sitting on the bed for infection control reasons

  • Adult patients will be restricted to two visitors at a time, unless there are specific reasons (at the discretion of the nurse in charge)

  • A responsible adult should accompany all visiting children

This will enable patients to have protected rest periods and meal times, allow the doctors and nurses to carry out patient care, and for essential cleaning to take place.

Consideration of all patients

We ask that all our visitors are mindful that the patient they are visiting may tire easily and other patients on the ward may be resting, so please keep noise to a minimum during your visit.

Infection prevention and control

The Trust considers the safety of its patients as a top priority and has a raft of measures in place to protect against the spread of infections like MRSA and Clostridium difficile. You can help us protect our patients by using the hand gel available from dispensers positioned at the front of the hospital, at the entrance and exit of all wards and at the patients' bedside. 

No smoking

Please note that smoking is not allowed anywhere within the hospital or its grounds.