Newcastle Hospitals recognise that visiting a person in hospital plays a vital part in helping their recovery. We encourage you to visit your family and friends but ask you to follow these simple rules to reduce the infection risks to patients and assist with their recovery.
We would ask that a maximum of two people visit a patient at any one time to help us minimise spread of infection. If for any reason you would like more than two people to visit at a time you must arrange this in advance with the Nurse in Charge of the ward or unit.
Please arrange with friends and family to take turns if necessary. Do not feel that you must stay for all of the visiting time. Sometimes a quick visit and chat is all that is needed and it ensures that the patient can have enough time to rest and recover.
Children are welcome but must be supervised by an adult at all times within the hospital.
All wards daily between 2pm - 4pm
6pm - 8pm
Wards with special visiting times are:
One parent or carer can stay with their child all the time. With parents' permission other family and friends, including brothers and sisters, can visit throughout the day.
Partners may visit between 8am - 12midday then 2pm - 8:30pm.
Other visitors are welcome between 2pm - 3:30pm and 6pm - 7:30pm.
Critical Care and Coronary Care Units
Visiting is by arrangement with the Sister/Charge Nurse of the Unit.
Patients have a sleep period in the afternoon where visitors are requested not to visit.
Children under the age of 16 years need special permission to visit from the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse.
In all areas we will try to be flexible in difficult or unusual circumstances. Please speak to the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse.
Visitors Do's and Dont's
Do keep your hands clean.
Use alcohol gel on entering and leaving the ward. The gel dispenser is
on the wall inside the main doors into the ward and also at the
patient's bedside (adult wards only).
If you are suffering from a skin condition
or are unable to use the alcohol gel for religious or medical reasons,
please wash your hands very carefully with soap and water at the sinks
provided, then dry them thoroughly.
In children's wards you will need to wash
your hands very carefully with soap and water, then dry them thoroughly
when you arrive and as you leave.
Wash your hands throroughly with soap and
water, then dry them thoroughly after using the toilet.
- Do ask advice from the Ward
Sister/Charge Nurse before going in to an isolation room.
- Do leave if we ask. We may
need to give care or treatment to your relative or friend, or to
another patient. To ensure privacy and dignity we may ask you to wait
outside for a few minutes.
Do respect hospital
property and ensure you leave all areas clean and tidy.
- Do check with ward staff
before you bring in flowers or plants. Certain wards cannot allow
plants or flowers due to the risk of infection.
- Do tell us if you have any
concerns about patient care or cleanliness, or if you have any
suggestions for improvement. Please speak to the Ward Sister/Charge
Nurse. If you wish to speak to the Matron please ask a member of staff
or reception to contact her for you.
- Don't visit if you are suffering from any infection, such as cold, flu, sore throat, diarrhoea, vomiting, or a chest infection. If you have been in contact with an infectious illness, such as chicken pox, do not visit - telephone and ask for advice from the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse.
- Don't use ward toilets - these are for patients only. Please use the public toilets that are nearby. Ask a member of staff to direct you.
- Don't share patient toiletries, tissues, towels and other personal items with other patients.
- Don't sit or lie on the patient's bed.
- Don't touch wounds, dressings or any other medical equipment such as drips or catheters.
- Don't visit in work clothing which may be dirty.
- Don't bring cooked or uncooked meals into the hospital. If you are concerned about special dietary needs for medical, religious or cultural beliefs, please talk to the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse so an appropriate meal plan can be arranged.
Other useful things for Visitors to know
Carers If you are involved in giving care to a patient please speak to the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse about how you can continue to do this, if you wish to, while they are in hospital.
Medical Information All enquiries about the patient's medical condition and treatment should be made to the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse. Arrangements can be made to see a member of the medical staff on request.
Telephone Enquiries Please try to arrange for only one family member to telephone the ward and then share information with other members of the family and friends. Remember, we are unable to give detailed medical information over the telephone.
Mobile Phones The use of mobile phones in ward areas, by patients and visitors, is not permitted.
No Smoking To protect patients and staff, smoking is not allowed in any area of the hospital or grounds.
Violence and Aggression Newcastle Hospitals has a zero tolerance policy to violence and aggression. Violent and aggressive behaviour towards other patients, visitors or staff will not be tolerated. Anyone who is violent or aggressive, or who behaves in an inappropriate way, will be asked to leave and may not be allowed to visit again.
Drinks and Snacks Please do not take food or drinks back to the ward. There are restaurant/cafe facilities at the Freeman Hospital and Royal Victoria Infirmary. The opening hours of restaurants are available from reception.
Property Please look after your own valuables and property during your visit. The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage.
Parking There are designated parking places for the disabled at all hospitals. Parking charges are displayed on each site. There is:
- 'Pay and Display' at the Royal Victoria Infirmary
- 'Pay on Foot' at Freeman Hospital - after leaving the building pay at the pay station to obtain your exit ticket before returning to your car.
For visitors who require assistance the Royal Victoria Infirmary, a transport buggy is available which can take you to different wings. Please ask at the reception desk or contact a member of the security or portering staff for further information.