From 1 October 2017 we will be extending visiting times on all adult inpatient wards From this date visitors will be able to visit patients on adult inpatient wards between 11am and 8pm daily. Currently visiting times vary greatly across the Trust and the change will mean inpatient areas are more accessible for visitors. Heather McNair, Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “The new visiting times will ensure improved communication between staff, patients and their relatives. The longer visiting hours will also encourage relatives and carers to be more involved in plan of care to provide a better experience. “Having consistent visiting times across the Trust should also eliminate confusion if patients are moved to different wards across the Trust during their stay.” The new visiting times will support relatives and carers who may want assist patients with their meals. The ‘protected meal times’ will remain, however, this protected time will be predominately aimed at staff not interrupting patients unnecessarily during meal times. If family or carers need to visit outside the new hours they can speak with ward staff who will support where possible. The new visiting hours are applicable to the majority of adult inpatient wards, however the hours for the Maternity Ward, Children’s Ward and Intensive Care Unit remain unchanged, these times are available on the homepage. You can view our Visitor’s Charter here.