Scotland’s largest Board is the first in Scotland to introduce extended visiting hours to all it’s adult acute wards.
New standardised visiting hours are being rolled out in hospital wards across Greater Glasgow and Clyde following requests from patients and relatives to change the times of visiting in adult wards in all our acute hospitals.
Traditionally patients could only get visitors at certain times of the day but this week new flexible visiting times will be in place on the majoroty of wards, with visitors getting access to patients between 1.30 and 8.30 pm every day.
Rory Farrelly, Director of Nursing - Acute Services Division, said: “As part of our commitment to offer patient centred care one of the subjects that was continually raised with us was visiting times and how unflexible they were.
“With this in mind we asked patients and visitors how we could make things easier and as a result have extended the times visitors can see their relatives and friends.
“These new times will be in the majority of acute wards but there are areas that will still need to maintain the visiting times they currently have including maternity, children’s wards, acute medical and surgical receiving units, intensive care and high dependency units.
“We hope that the introduction of these new visiting times will give visitors more flexibilty and will offer patients more time with their loved ones.”
Anne Marie Kennedy, Chair East Renfrewshire Public Partner Forum, member of Patients Panel, welcomed the new times.
She said: “This change will make a big difference to family and friends of patients, enabling them to visit when it is most suitable for them to visit ensuring family life and work commitments are not adversely effected.
“This will ensure patients as well as family and friends are able to plan visits better and patients enjoy a better quality of time with their loved ones.”
Notes to Editors
• Maternity and Children's wards will keep current visiting times for the time being.
• Acute Medical and Surgical Receiving Units will not have open visiting arrangements. Families or friends might be present when a patient is admitted and at varying times across the day, maintaining contact at times of stress. If a patient’s condition is unstable or deteriorating families or friends will be supported to stay with them.Within these areas visiting times will be: Between 7.00pm and 8.00pm Monday to Sunday
• Intensive Care Units and High Dependency Units will not have open visiting times either. These units advise visiting on an individual basis for their critically unwell patients. Please speak to staff about visiting arrangements in these areas.
For further information on visiting times visit /patients-and-visitors/visiting-times-and-information/
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