Wards

Visiting times vary from ward to ward. Please check visiting times with the ward staff and let your relatives and friends know. During visiting hours we may have to ask your visitors to wait in the Day Room or outside the ward while we undertake nursing procedures.

For your comfort and that of other patients in the ward, please try to restrict your visitors to two at a time. The nursing staff can help you deal tactfully with visitors if there are too many or if they stay longer than you wish.

Visitors are asked to be sensitive to the needs of all patients in hospital for quiet and privacy. They can speak to the ward staff if they have any particular questions about visiting arrangements. There is more information about visiting in our ‘Visitors Charter‘.

Relatives and friends should not visit if they are unwell and particularly if they are or have been suffering from sickness or diarrhoea. Please see the section ‘Other ways you can help – The Importance of Hand Washing‘.

Please tell your Named Nurse if there is anything you do not want your next of kin to know about your condition or treatment. You can also tell your Named Nurse how much or how little you want visitors or telephone callers to know about your hospital stay.

Visitors should check with your Named Nurse or the Ward Manager before bringing perishable food (other than fruit, confectionery and drinks) on to the ward. Some wards discourage flowers and visitors are asked to check with ward staff.

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