We understand how important visitors can be to our patients, and you are welcome to visit during visiting hours. Please visit our ward pages
to check when these are. If your family member or friend has been moved wards, please double check visiting times for the new ward as they can vary.
It’s not usually possible to visit outside of these hours unless nursing staff agree, so please ask. We like to limit numbers to two at a time, and again, please check with staff about children under 12. It’s normally fine for them to visit, too, but they must be properly supervised.
If your friend or relative has been admitted as an emergency, please read our urgent and emergency admissions page for information about what to expect and what to bring with you.
Visiting if you are unwell
We take infection prevention very seriously so if you have a cold, cough, stomach upset or any other infectious condition, we ask you not to because of the risk of infecting other people.
Help prevent the spread of infection
There are plenty of things you can do to help us, these include:
- Wash or clean your hands before and after visiting the hospital and always after using the toilet.
- Use soap and water to wash your hands and make sure you wash and dry them thoroughly. There are handwash sinks at the entrance to all of our wards.
- There are also hand-gel stations at the entrances to our hospitals.
- Please don’t sit on your friend/family member’s bed, or on other patients’ beds.
- If you have symptoms such as flu, diarrhoea or vomiting or infections such as chicken pox, please do not visit because you could easily infect someone else.
- We don’t recommend that young children visit, please talk to the nurse in charge beforehand if you’d like them to.
If anything to do with infection prevention is worrying you, feel free to challenge staff, they won’t mind. You can also always speak to a senior member of staff. Our infection prevention team also provides a 24-hour advice and guidance service.
Find out more about how we work to prevent infection on our quality and safety standards page.
For some top tips on washing your hands well see this BBC video:
Can I bring in flowers, gifts or food?
To help keep patient areas clean and clear we would prefer you not to bring in flowers, large gifts or hot food. We also need to consider other patients allergies and tastes so please check with the nurses on the ward before you bring in any items.