restrictions on visiting hours
FRIENDS and family will be able to
spend much longer with patients at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals from 18
Wards will open for visiting at midday and stay open until 8.30pm, 7 days a
The decision by Simon Featherstone, Director of Nursing and Quality, follows
a successful trial at Southport hospital earlier this year.
"The support and company of friends
and family is an important part of any patient's recovery but traditional
visiting times don't always fit round people's working lives and personal
commitments. We also know some visitors want to play a more active role in
the care of the patient they're visiting, such as helping at mealtimes and
providing a familiar voice in unfamiliar surroundings, so I hope this more
flexible approach will help them. To make this work, we also need visitors
to help us too. We ask that there should be only 2 visitors per bed and,
from time to time, we may ask visitors to leave the bedside during personal
care for patients or consultant ward rounds." said Simon.