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Changes to visiting times at the Royal Derby Hospital

Published 22/03/2013
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Hospital patients are now able to see loved ones earlier in the day and evening after visiting times have been varied for some wards at the Royal Derby Hospital.

The changes take effect from 25 March 2013.

Being more flexible with visiting times, rather than the traditional afternoon visiting time of 2-4pm and 6-8pm, means that relatives can visit when the doctors are on the wards in the morning, which alleviates anxiety for the family if they need to ask a question, and early evening visiting will help friends and families wishing to visit in the late afternoon or on their way home from work.

Ward 205 at the Royal Derby Hospital changed their visiting times in December and the feedback from relatives and patients has been very positive, particularly amongst the elderly who say that being able to come and visit their relatives whilst it is still light, is really beneficial. Mrs Kay Huxtable from West Hallam, said: “Our family really like the earlier visiting time of 11am as we can assist my father at mealtimes and also speak to the doctors if we have a question.”

Cathy Winfield, acting chief nurse, said: “We hope the move will be popular with family members, giving people at work more opportunity to visit relatives during their lunch hour and on their way home from work.”

Not all wards will be changing their visiting times, so look out on ward entrances, clinic areas, main receptions and also in GP surgeries. You can also find more information on our website www.derbyhospitals.nhs.uk/wards.

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For further information please contact:

Liz Smith

Communications Officer

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

01332 785778

Last Modified 22/03/2013