Visiting our hospitals

Visiting a friend or relative in hospital makes such a difference to both patients and their loved ones. For patients, it boosts morale and aids recovery and for you as a visitor it provides reassurance about the care being provided and helps you to play a part in planning that care.

Introduction of open visiting from 1 March 2016

All three hospitals in the Trust now have open visiting, meaning that people can visit patients when they wish. It provides the opportunity for the carers of patients to remain with their loved one, where appropriate, and be actively involved in their care.

A visitors’ charter is available on all wards, setting out guidelines that both staff and visitors need to adhere to, such as the number of visitors per bed and the steps to take to help infection control.

Sometimes we may need to ask you to leave for a short time whilst we deliver some care to your friend or relative, or to patients in neighbouring beds.  Please respect this request and wait until you are informed that it is convenient for you to re-enter.

Please keep noise levels to a minimum.  At all times, please supervise children and for safety reasons please do not allow them to run around busy areas or climb onto beds. 

Please don't visit the hospital if you are unwell.  Please make sure you comply with any infection control instructions from staff.  You should wash your hands on entering and leaving the ward and use the hand gel available.  Please do not sit on patients' beds.

If you wish to help your relative or friend at meal times, please ask the ward staff.  We would ask that you do not bring food products into hospital unless discussed and agreed with ward staff.