All wards allow visiting, this is usually between 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm (this includes weekends and bank holidays), and two visitors per patient are allowed in each session.
There may be circumstances where relatives wish to stay with patients outside of normal visiting times, for example when a patient is very ill, or if they are a carer. If this is the case, please do not hesitate to discuss this with the ward staff.
Please note that visitors may be asked to leave temporarily while a healthcare professional needs to carry out a consultation or procedure.
When not to visit
Any visitors who have an infection, or have had an infection in the last two days, especially diarrhoea and/or vomiting, should not come to the hospital.
Maternity wards will operate under different visiting times. Please contact the nurse in charge for more details.
Telephone and other enquiries
The direct dial telephone numbers for the different wards are listed here
If you do not know the name of the Ward your relative/friend has been admitted to, please phone the main switchboard on 01823 333444. You will be asked for the patient’s name, address and date of birth to enable us to identify the correct location. Due to patient confidentiality our Ward enquiries staff are required to check with the patient whether any information can be disclosed to you.
Please consider contacting the patient’s next of kin for the Ward information where possible as it is helpful if just one person telephones with enquiries and then informs other relatives and friends: this ensures that nurses do not spend too much time answering the phone.
Post is delivered to the wards every day. To ensure safe delivery, please address your letters and parcels like this: