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We support open visiting:

9am to 9pm

Our priority is caring for our patients, but we understand the important role played by visitors. Our visiting times offer flexibility for families and friends to visit and spend time with their loved ones.
Some of our wards have slightly different advice for visiting times because of the service they provide. These are:

Neonatal unit

Parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to visit any time throughout the day, though we have a quiet time between 1pm and 3pm just for parents. 
Only two visitors are allowed at any time (excluding siblings who must be accompanied by an adult). 
Please keep siblings at home if they have a cough, cold or sore throat. 
Friends and relatives may visit Monday to Friday between 3pm and 5pm.


Labour ward: Spouses, partners or a birth companion can attend the labour ward with you at any time. Other visitors are allowed by prior arrangement or in exceptional circumstances.

Maternity wards: Visitors are very welcome, however we can only accommodate two visitors at the bedside at a time.  

  • Partner or birth companion
  • Siblings of baby (any age)
  • Family, friends and accompanied children over 10yrs
    All welcome 9am to 9pm

Children and teenage unit

Visitors are welcome at any time throughout the day up to 8pm. After 8pm visiting is for parents only.

Visitor information leaflet

We support open visiting:

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 2 visitors at a time, unless there are specific reasons (at the discretion of the nurse in charge)

  • A responsible adult should accompany all children visitors; those under the age of 12 are only allowed to visit with permission from the nurse in charge.

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.


Visiting hours are between 9am and 9pm. Ward rounds are at 8am and again at 2pm, and visiting is restricted at these times to protect patient privacy and confidentiality. 

We ask that only two people visit a patient at one time please and that visiting is restricted to next of kin, partners, family and close friends. Children visiting ITU is at the discretion of the nurse in charge. 

Please note that many of the patients who are admitted to the unit are seriously ill and, as such, will require a high level of nursing and medical intervention.  It is therefore very likely that you will be asked to wait, or asked to leave during your visit when these interventions, physiotherapy or nursing care need 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.

No smoking

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

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.