Visiting Patients

Visiting Patients

Our visiting policy is designed to protect patients' privacy, to ensure they get sufficient rest and to prevent unnecessary disturbance to all patients on the ward. Please follow these rules:     

  • Only 2 visitors per patient at any one time.
  • Please ask the nurse-in-charge if you have more than 2 visitors, as you may be able to see your visitors in the ward day room; alternatively your visitors may take it in turns to spend time with you.
  • The visiting time for all general wards is 2–8pm. 
  • Maternity unit visiting is from 6–8pm only. However, your partner can visit from 11am–8pm. 
  • Anyone wishing to visit outside of these times should speak to the nurse-in-charge.
  • Some wards have open visiting, such as our the acute medical unit (AMU), the labour ward, intensive care unit (ICU) and the children's ward – please check with the ward staff if you are unsure.

Children who are visitors

  • Children under the age of 14 who are visiting should be supervised by an adult at all times. We expect the supervising adult to be responsible for the child's behaviour and to respect the requests of clinical staff.
  • Children under the age of 2 should not visit patients on wards, unless unavoidable, as they will not have developed full natural immunity to germs and will be vulnerable to infection. 

Protected mealtimes

Visiting is restricted during mealtimes. This is to ensure that all patients have time to eat their meal without interruptions. Visitors may come to the ward at mealtime if patients need assistance and they are happy to help. Please discuss this with the nurse-in-charge.

Mealtimes are clearly displayed at the ward entrance.

Please ask visitors not to sit on the bed

We ask all visitors not to sit on patients' beds. Please use the chairs provided. If you are unable to find a chair, please ask one of the ward staff to provide one for you.

This is to help reduce the risk of spreading any infection.

Visitors with colds or other infections

To prevent the spread of infection to patients and staff, please do not visit inpatients if you have a cold, symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours, or if you have been in contact with others who may have an infection. See the infection control page of the website.  

Page last updated : January 2018