We have standard visiting times for adult wards – from 3pm to 4pm and evening visiting, usually scheduled for an hour, between 6.30pm and 8pm. Visitors are advised to contact the ward directly for specific times. Visits may be allowed out of hours in exceptional circumstances, at the ward manager’s discretion.
Maternity wards, children's wards and critical care units have their own visiting rules so please contact the wards directly to find out more.
We introduced standard visiting times to general wards after a review which involved patients, staff and partner organisations. The aim of the review was to provide opportunities for relatives and friends to visit their loved ones whilst ensuring comfort and privacy for others. In addition, we wanted to help prevent the spread of infection. To support that, the following rules apply: