South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has extended ward visiting hours to enable family and friends to see patients at any time during the day.
It said the new patient centred approach, which was launched on 1 October, meant visitors were welcome during daytime hours – providing it was what the patient wanted and needed.
“Families, carers and friends all have an important role to play”
It applies to James Cook, Friarage, the Friary, Redcar and East Cleveland hospitals with the exception of children’s wards, maternity wards, the surgical admissions unit and the post-operative day unit.
The move has been introduced following the success of open visiting for carers and will particularly benefit those travelling from “further afield” to access specialist services, noted the trust.
The trust said it was asking visitors to continue to limit numbers to two per bed at any time.
Its director of nursing Gill Hunt said: “The trust recognises the importance of the support of loved ones when it comes to the welfare and recovery of our patients.
“With this in mind we have now introduced patient centred visiting across all of our hospital sites with flexible arrangements to suit each individual,” she said.
Ms Hunt added: “There may be times during the day when visitors are asked to leave the clinical area and we welcome their support with this.
“Families, carers and friends all have an important role to play,” she said. “We need to work together to ensure everyone receives patient centred, safe and effective care.”
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