16 January 2017
Move to longer visiting hours for Bristol city centre hospitals
From Monday 16 January, in response
to feedback from patients and their families, visiting hours across
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust are to be
It is widely recognised that support from family and friends, in
the form of hospital visits, is an integral part of any patient's
recovery and extended visiting will allow more flexibility for
relatives to visit their loved ones at a time that suits them.
This new approach also forms part of the Trust's aim to make its
hospitals more patient friendly by giving relatives and carers the
chance to spend more time with their loved ones and have an active
role in their care while they are in hospital.
Families and friends will be able to visit between the hours of
8am and 9pm across more hospitals within the Trust.
Previously only those visiting patients at Bristol Royal
Hospital for Children or the Bristol Haematology and Oncology
Centre had no restrictions on the time they came to visit.
This has now been extended to include the Bristol Royal
Infirmary, Bristol Heart Institute, South Bristol Community
Hospital and Ward 78 at St Michael's Hospital.
Carolyn Mills, chief nurse of University Hospitals Bristol NHS
Foundation Trust, said:
"We understand how stressful being in hospital can be both for
the patients and their loved ones and know how much of a boost to a
patient's morale and recovery visits from friends and relatives can
"The changes to visiting hours will give more flexibility to
relatives as to when they can visit and to the role they can play
in the care of their loved ones.
"Other Trusts who have introduced open visiting hours across
their hospitals have seen a reduction in the number of in-patient
falls and a great improvement in communication between families and
staff, as they are able to keep in touch throughout the day rather
than during a restricted period.
"There will be occasions when, for clinical reasons or patient
choice, visitors may be asked to return later or move to another
area of the ward for a short period of time."
Some areas of the Trust will still have restricted visiting
hours and these include the antenatal and postnatal areas of St
Michael's Hospital and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
For more information on visiting hours, please click here.
BACK TO NEWS