Date of release: 2 March 2020
Friends and relatives of patients will now be able to visit their loved ones later on in the evening, thanks to a change in visiting times at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT).
Medical wards at New Cross, West Park and Cannock Chase Hospitals will now allow visitors from 2:00pm-8:00pm and on surgical wards from 2:30pm-4:00pm and 6:30pm-8:00pm.
These changes are effective from today (Monday, March 2nd 2020).
By extending the visiting times until 8:00pm, the Trust hopes to accommodate visitors who are only able to visit in the evening and those travelling from work during peak times.
The changes will also allow for quieter periods on the wards, particularly around meal times, to ensure patients have privacy when eating their meals; helping them to get the nutrition they need for recovery.
And by maintaining a calm atmosphere, there will be an increased opportunity for patients to rest and recuperate.
The changes have been introduced following feedback from patients, visitors and staff who felt they would enhance patient recovery and experience, and would minimise interruptions for staff during ward cleaning and meal times (meaning we can offer the safest and most effective care).
There are exceptions to the new visiting times - this includes the children’s ward, neonatal unit and maternity. Please contact these areas directly for visiting arrangements.
If you need to visit outside of these hours, we will always do our best to accommodate. Please discuss this with the nurse in charge on the ward.
Ann-Marie Cannaby, Chief Nurse at RWT, said: “Visits from friends and relatives are a huge boost to a patient’s morale and can be vital in helping recovery.
“Later visiting hours in the evening will offer our a wider opportunity for people to make their visits, particularly around their work commitments.
“But we also want to optimise the patients’ recovery by offering quieter periods throughout the day – meaning they can receive the rest and nutrition that they need.”
More details can be found on the Visiting a Patient page.
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