Each ward has different visiting times to be able to manage their services effectively. If you are visiting a ward, please contact them directly for their visiting hours and capacity. You will find the ward contact details here:

Having a family member or loved one in hospital can be a difficult time. We understand the worry this causes to both families/friends, and also the patient.

We have a responsibility to protect our staff and patients from infection which could potentially be brought into hospital by visitors and members of the public.

There are a few simple ways you can help protect our hospital, yourself and our patients.

Washing your hands: Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as food poisoning and flu.

Did you know that you should wash your hands for 20 seconds – which is about the same time to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice.

You should wash your hands:

  • after using the toilet or changing a nappy
  • before and after handling raw foods like meat and vegetables
  • before eating or handling food
  • after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
  • before and after treating a cut or wound
  • after touching animals, including pets, their food and after cleaning their cages.

Flu or covid symptoms: Please do not visit our hospital if you have any flu or Covid-19 symptoms. This is to protect our patients, including our most vulnerable and poorly patients. Find symptoms for COVID-19 and Flu.

Get vaccinated to protect yourself and your family.

Flu vaccination is important because, while flu is unpleasant for most people, it can be dangerous and even life threatening for some people, particularly those with certain health conditions. You can have the NHS flu vaccine at:

  • your GP surgery
  • a pharmacy offering the service – if you're aged 18 or over
  • some maternity services if you're pregnant

It is not too late to book your flu vaccine: Flu vaccine - NHS (

Anyone who gets COVID-19 can become seriously ill or have long-term effects (long COVID). The COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others.

  • Everyone aged 5 (on or before 31 August 2022) and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.
  • People aged 5 and over who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their 1st or 2nd dose will be offered an additional primary dose (3rd dose) before any booster doses.
  • Some people, including those aged 50 years or over, those at higher risk or who are pregnant, and frontline health and social care workers, will be offered a seasonal booster (autumn booster).

Find out more about your COVID-19 vaccination here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (

Norovirus: Norovirus is a common illness that can be rapidly spread. It causes diarrhoea and vomiting, which can be dangerous particularly for our older patients as it can lead to dehydration.

Please do not visit our hospitals if you have had any symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting within the last 48 hours or been in contact with someone with these symptoms in the last 48 hours.