As of Monday 16 January, in response to feedback from patients
and their families, visiting hours across University Hospitals
Bristol NHS Foundation Trust have been extended.
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 allows 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.
Visiting times are now as follows:
8am to 9pm in
- Bristol Heart Institute
- Bristol Royal Infirmary (with the exception of the General
Intensive Care Unit)
- South Bristol Community Hospital
- Bristol Eye Hospital
- Ward 78, St Michael's Hospital
St Michaels Hospital
In maternity areas, visiting hours on Wards 71,
74, and 76 at St Michaels Hospital are 9am to 9pm
for partners and the mothers own children. Other visitors are
welcome between 3pm and 5.30pm, and 7pm and 8.30pm. Please
note we do not allow children who are not siblings of the baby to
In Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) parents
and siblings can visit anytime, and other visitors such as extended
family and friends are able to visit between 4pm and 7pm each
The Bristol Royal
Hospital for Children and the Bristol Haematology and Oncology
Centre has no restrictions to their visiting times.
At University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation
Trust 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
be. 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. Please understand that
patients also need to rest to help them get better as quickly as
possible and that 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.
We recognise that families and carers know their family
member better than anyone and that they make an invaluable
contribution to helping the recovery of patients. We encourage
visiting and the involvement of visitors whilst patients are in
hospital and will always listen to, respect and respond to
information or concerns provided by families and carers.
We have developed a Visitors Charter which we would ask you to
adhere to when visiting our hospital Wards.
The charter can be viewed here.