Visiting Queens Hospital

We recognise that support from family and friends, in the form of hospital visits, is a vital part of any patient's recovery. Visitors can be a huge boost to a patient's morale and help them on the road to recovery.

However, please understand that patients also need rest to help them get well as soon as possible. We do have some rules in place which are intended to help patients and ensure they get the treatment they need.

Please be understanding if, for example, staff need to ask you to wait when you arrive if a patient is receiving treatment or eating a meal.

More information about visiting a patient in hospital is contained in this section of the website.

 How visitors can help

  • Please ask Ward staff for advice before bringing in any food or flowers.
  • Check with nursing staff before bringing children under the age of 12 to visit.  Children must be escorted and supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Please respect the privacy of other patients. 

Visiting times

You will need to use the security phone at the entrance to some hospital areas to gain admission.  'Open visiting' means that times are not limited.  Please understand that ‘out of hours’ visiting will only be allowed at the discretion of the nurse in charge.  If you do visit ‘out of hours’, please report to the Nurses' Station when you arrive. Please see the Wards section for each ward's visiting hours.

A number of Wards have introduced protected mealtimes to allow patients to eat their meals without interruption. Visiting is not normally allowed at this time.  If relatives/visitors would like to assist with feeding the patients then they are welcome to visit during protected meal times – please see the Nurse in Charge.

NB: Protected meal times may take longer on some wards due to the dependency of the patients and the time required to assist with feeding.

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