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Visiting Times

You can visit all wards daily (except critical care and children's wards) from 15.30 - 17.00 and again from 19.00 - 20.30.

Please do not bring children to visit and note that no more than two people can visit each patient each day. For details of visiting arrangements that apply for patients in critical care wards and children's wards please speak to ward staff.

These measures are necessary to help protect our patients from infections. Please ensure that friends and relatives are made aware of these visiting times since it can sometimes cause offence if we have to turn visitors away. Additionally, patients should ask their friends and relatives not to visit if they feel ill or have had vomiting or diarrhoea in the past 24 hours. If you have any questions or concerns about visiting arrangements please speak to a member of the ward staff.

Visiting the Delivery Suite

There is no visiting on the Delivery Suite (except in exceptional circumstances) as all visiting takes place after the birth, once the woman has transferred to the ward. This does not affect birth partners. A woman in labour can be accompanied by up to two birth partners and they may remain throughout the birthing process.

Protected Mealtimes

Because patients can find eating difficult when they are unwell the hospital has introduced the 'protected mealtimes' scheme. During protected mealtimes wards are closed to visitors and no routine procedures or investigations take place. This enables the patients to eat in peace and privacy without interruptions from either visitors or staff.

Exceptions can be made to these rules if for example, you are helping to care for a patient and you will be feeding them. If you would like to feed a relative who cannot feed themselves or assist a relative with their meal (if they suffer from poor appetite or eating difficulties) then a single visitor is allowed to enter the ward during the Protected Mealtime to do this. This can be discussed with the nurse in charge beforehand.