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Vantage point: time to give visitors open access

Visiting times need to be managed but there should be fewer restrictions on when patients can see family and friends
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Visiting times need to be managed but there should be fewer restrictions on when patients can see family and friends

The mother of one of my best friends spent Christmas week in hospital following a familiar enough pattern of events: frailty, fall, delirium.

My friend spent the week juggling her part-time staff nurse role, looking after two grandchildren and trying to be with her mum as much as possible.

Her efforts were made no easier by the rigidity of adult ward visiting times, and this got me thinking: why are visiting times on adult wards so restricted?

As a senior nurse in my previous NHS trust, one of the biggest challenges I faced was persuading adult ward sisters to expand their visiting times so that they ran from 12am till 8pm.

The ward sisters put forward various

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