Visiting hours and restrictions

We prefer visitors to come between 2pm and 9pm as this gives us time in the morning to clean the ward and care for the patients.

If you can only visit in the morning, please telephone the ward first, as it is a busy time. Patients may be called for treatment during a visit, so please understand if you have to wait to see your relative or friend.

When you are visiting the wards, please respect the privacy and need for rest of other patients. For this reason, we also ask that there are no more than two visitors by the bedside at any one time. We have protected mealtimes to give patients the opportunity to eat without interruption so visitors are not allowed to stay on the wards at these times unless they are helping the patient to eat. During lunch and supper all non-urgent clinical activity stops so that the nurses, catering staff and carers can help to serve meals and assist patients who need help.

On some wards, there may be restrictions due to health and safety interests, so check with the nurse in charge before entering. If children wish to visit, tell the nurse in charge before visiting. Avoid bringing babies and small children into the wards if possible. Please ensure that children are supervised at all times. If you have a cold or you are unwell, it’s wise to put off the visit.