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Visiting people in hospital
Visiting our hospitals
We have introduced a visitors' code, making it clearer for visitors what they should do if friends and family are admitted to hospital.
The code outlines ten simple steps, aimed at keeping us all safe and helping patients rest and recover when in hospital. These guidelines have been introduced in response to patient comments, local audit and national initiatives. Please follow this simple code when visiting friends or relatives, to help us make the hospital safer for us all.
We will always try to be flexible in difficult or unusual circumstances. Please speak to the nurse in charge if you have any problems or questions. You can download a copy of our visitors' code here.
You can view the visiting times for each of our hospitals here.
On many of our wards there are protected meal times. The aim of these is to make sure that patients can enjoy their meals undisturbed and to encourage patients to eat enough food to help with their recovery.
If visitors feel that they have a valid reason to visit outside of normal visiting hours then they should discuss this with the nurse in charge, giving prior notice whenever possible. For example, if a relative or carer is assisting a patient with their meal, then they will normally be welcome to stay.
Children under the age of 12 will be discouraged from visiting unless they are the child or the grandchild of the patient. When children visit it is recommended their visits are limited to 30 minutes. They must remain under direct supervision from family members at all times. However, it is recognised that children might be in the position of being a young carer for a relative. In these circumstances they may visit unsupervised and stay for the length of normal visiting.
Flowers and gifts
We do not allow flowers on our wards or other clinical areas. This has been introduced in line with other hospitals, and helps play a part in de-cluttering the ward areas helps play a part in keeping ward environments clean and safe for patients.
Patients now spend a much shorter time in hospital, and we ask that visitors and local florists arrange for flowers to be delivered to people's homes to be enjoyed after patients are discharged.