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Our recommended visiting hours are:

Monday to Friday: 4pm to 9pm

Saturday and Sunday: 2.30pm to 8pm

We support visits from friends and family at any time, but the above offers some guidance on when it is usually most suitable. Some wards have different guidance, please see below.

We support open visiting at any time for carers.

We understand that some people may find it difficult to get to the hospital later in the day to visit their relatives and friends. Please speak to the senior nurse for further advice.

Some of our wards have slightly different advice for visiting times because of the service they provide. These are:

Neonatal unit

Parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to visit any time throughout the day, with a quiet time between 1pm and 3pm just for parents.  

Only two visitors are allowed at any time, excluding siblings, and must be accompanied by at least one parent.

Please keep siblings at home if they have a cough, cold or sore throat.

Friends and relatives may visit Monday to Friday between 3pm and 5pm.

Maternity

Labour ward: Spouses, partners or a birth companion can attend the labour ward with you at any time. Other visitors are allowed by prior arrangement or in exceptional circumstances.

Maternity wards: Visitors are very welcome, although we can only allow two to three visitors at the bedside at a time. We request that they respect the following visiting hours: 

  • Husband, partner or birth companion is welcome to visit between 8am and 10pm, with a quiet time between 12 noon and 3pm.
  • Siblings of the baby are welcome from9am to 12 noon and 4pm to 8pm.
  • Family, friends and accompanied children over 10 years old are welcome to visit between 4pm and 8pm.
  • Post-operative/D bay - Spouses, partners, siblings of the baby and grandparents only are welcome during their respective visiting times.

Children and teenage unit

Visitors are welcome at any time throughout the day up to 8pm. After 8pm visiting is for parents only.

Intensive care A & B

Visitors are welcome at any time throughout the day, except during our quiet time between 1pm to 3pm.

G2

Visitors are welcome between 2.30pm to 5.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.30pm

G3 acute stroke unit, G3 stroke rehab

In the 48 hours following admission visiting is only allowed between 3.15pm to 4.30pm

At all other times visitors are welcome:

Monday to Friday 4.30pm to 8.30pm

Saturday and Sunday 2.30pm to 8.30pm

Only two visitors are allowed at the bedside at any time.  

F6 Elective orthopaedic ward

Visitors are welcome:

Monday to Friday 5pm to 6.30pm and 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Saturday and Sunday 2.30pm to 6.30pm and 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Consideration of all patients

We ask that all our visitors are mindful that the patient they are visiting may tire easily and other patients on the ward may be resting, so please keep noise to a minimum during your visit.

You may find our visiting advice leaflet helpful. This can be found in several locations around the hospital, or click on the link to download a copy.

No smoking

Please note that smoking is not allowed anywhere within the hospital or its grounds.

Infection prevention and control

The Trust considers the safety of its patients as a top priority and has a raft of measures in place to protect against the spread of infections like MRSA and Clostridium difficile. You can help us protect our patients by using the hand gel available from dispensers positioned at the front of the hospital, at the entrance and exit of all wards and at the patients' bedside. 

Wexham Park and Heatherwood hospitals have extended visiting hours in all wards

You are welcome to visit at any time but if you intend to visit before 9am or after 9pm, please arrange this with the senior sister or nurse in charge.

Patients and visitors have really welcomed the more relaxed open visiting hours as it makes it much easier for friends and families to visit.  This proves a great benefit for patients in the recovery process, and visitors tell us that it makes visiting much easier to fit in with their work and other commitments.

We need to have some things in place to ensure that open visiting doesn’t interfere with nursing and clinical needs, and doesn’t adversely affect the quality of any patient’s stay while in hospital.  We have guidelines in a ‘Code of Conduct’ that we ask all visitors to follow, and this is available on every ward and listed with each department below.  

On all wards, the following rules apply:

  • Please could visitors refrain from sitting on the bed for infection control reasons

  • Adult patients will be restricted to 2 visitors at a time, unless there are specific reasons (at the discretion of the nurse-in-charge)

  • A responsible adult should accompany all children visitors; those under the age of 12 are only allowed to visit with permission from the nurse in charge.

This will enable patients to have protected rest periods and meal times, allow the doctors and nurses to carry out patient care, and for essential cleaning to take place.

Adult and general patient wards/departments 

Please refer to general patient code of conduct

Paediatric wards/departments 

Please refer to paediatric code of conduct 

Maternity wards/departments

Please refer to maternity code of conduct 

ITU

For reasons of privacy and security 24 hour visiting is not practiced on ITU.  

Visiting hours are between 9am and 9pm. Ward rounds are at 8am and again at 2pm, and visiting is restricted at these times to protect patient privacy and confidentiality. 

We ask that only two people visit a patient at one time please and that visiting is restricted to next of kin, partners, family and close friends. Children visiting ITU is at the discretion of the nurse in charge. 

Please note that many of the patients who are admitted to the unit are seriously ill and, as such, will require a high level of nursing and medical intervention.  It is therefore very likely that you will be asked to wait, or asked to leave during your visit when these interventions, physiotherapy or nursing care need to take place.

Consideration of all patients

We ask that all our visitors are mindful that the patient they are visiting may tire easily and other patients on the ward may be resting, so please keep noise to a minimum during your visit.

No smoking

Please note that smoking is not allowed anywhere within the hospital or its grounds.

Infection prevention and control

The Trust considers the safety of its patients as a top priority and has a raft of measures in place to protect against the spread of infections like MRSA and Clostridium difficile. You can help us protect our patients by using the hand gel available from dispensers positioned at the front of the hospital, at the entrance and exit of all wards and at the patients' bedside.