Ipswich Hospital is extending its visitor hours to 11am to 8pm from December 1

PUBLISHED: 17:08 28 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:45 28 November 2015

Members of the nursing team at Ipswich Hospital.

Members of the nursing team at Ipswich Hospital.


Carers and visitors of people being looked after at Ipswich Hospital will next month be able to spend more time with patients as new extended visiting hours are introduced.

As of December 1, visitors will be welcome at the hospital from 11am to 8pm to help people choose a time to visit that suits them and the patient.

Lisa Nobes, director of nursing and quality at the hospital, said: “We have listened to what visitors, patients and colleagues have told us and decided to extend visiting hours at Ipswich Hospital.

“We have also been inspired by John’s Campaign which seeks to ensure carers of patients with a dementia are able to stay with them as needed. We welcome visitors to patients and recognise their invaluable role in supporting the recovery of patients.”

Open visiting outside of general visiting hours is also available for family carers, that is someone of any age who spends time looking after a relative, child, partner or friend who is frail, ill or who has a physical disability, learning disability or mental health problem, including dementia.

The parents or guardians of children, partners of new mums as well as those with informal caring responsibilities for someone will also be able to benefit from open visiting.

A new Visitors’ Charter has also been produced in partnership with patient and carer groups at the hospital. It outlines what the hospital asks of visitors and what it will do to support them.

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