Wards and visiting

 

Our standard visiting times for most inpatient areas are:                

2.00pm - 4.30pm                

6.00pm - 8.00pm    
            

To enable us to focus on patient nutrition during 'protected mealtimes'. (Some of our patients who need help to eat their meals are more comfortable with their relative or carer feeding them.  In these cases we can arrange for a patient\'s carer to visit the ward to provide extra help on a case by case basis.  Please speak to the ward manager if you would like to help at mealtimes.)                

However different visiting arrangements apply to:                

  • Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) visiting 1.00pm-7.00pm                  
  • High Dependency Unit (HDU) visiting 1.00-7.00pm                 
  • Disney and Paddington (children’s wards)  24 hour parent visiting. Additional visiting 2.00-8.00pm                
  • Gosset (neonatal ward) 24 hour parent visiting. Additional visiting 3.00-6.00pm.                 
  • Sturtridge (labour ward) Open visiting for birthing partners only. No other visitors admitted.  
  • Robert Watson and Maternity Observation (maternity wards) visiting 4.30-6.30pm.  
  • Balmoral (maternity ward) visiting 3.30-7.30                
  • Corby Community Hospital                  
  • Danetre Hospital Daventry                  
  • Isebrook Hospital (Hazelwood Ward) Wellingborough                                        

Some other specialist wards may also have different arrangements, and ward managers can use their discretion in exceptional circumstances. More restricted visiting times may be in place temporarily from time to time.                

Please refer to this list of ward contact numbers and contact the relevant ward to confirm current arrangements, particularly if you are travelling some distance to visit.
                

Information for visitors                

We ask all visitors to wash their hands when entering or leaving a ward - with soap and water or the alcohol gel provided. Facilities for using alcohol gel have been provided near to all the ward entrances and at the bedsides.                

Please use the bedside visitors’ chairs and do not sit on hospital beds. Please do not use patients’ toilets but use the separate toilets for visitors instead.                

A maximum of two visitors per bed at any one time is allowed, at the discretion of the nurse in charge. Short visits are less tiring for patients. Visiting times have been set so that patients can rest and be given personal care in private. It also means that our cleaning teams have improved access to patient areas and can clean thoroughly.                

Except for seriously ill patients, if you feel you need to visit outside normal visiting hours please speak to the nurse in charge of the ward in the first instance.                

If you want to leave the ward with the patient for a break or any other reason, please check with ward staff.                

In certain circumstances visitors may be asked to leave the ward, but they will be told why and when they can return.                

Mobile phones, cameras and camcorders must not be used in ward areas.                

Children are welcome to visit, but they should be accompanied by and remain the responsibility of an adult visitor.                

Ringing for details                

Please use this list of ward telephone numbers to dial direct to a particular ward. If the number you want is not available, contact the trust's switchboard on 01604 634700.

 
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