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Wards and visiting

We operate flexible visiting times for most adult inpatient areas from 11.00am to 8.00pm

 The aim is to make it easier for relatives and friends to manage visits around childcare and work, and to also be around to help with care and feeding if they wish to do so.  We know that many patients who need help to eat their meals are more comfortable with a relative, carer or friend helping them, so if you would like to help please speak to the ward manager.

Different visiting arrangements apply to:                

  • Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) visiting 13.00-19.00                
  • High Dependency Unit (HDU) visiting 13.00-19.00                 
  • Disney and Paddington (children’s wards)  24 hour parent visiting. Additional visiting 14.00-20.00               
  • Gosset (neonatal ward) 24 hour parent visiting. Additional visiting 15.00-18.00                 
  • Sturtridge (labour ward) Open visiting for birthing partners only. No other visitors admitted 
  • Robert Watson and Maternity Observation (maternity wards) visiting 15.30-19.30 
  • Balmoral (maternity ward) visiting 15.30-19.30     
  • Spencer ward 11.00-12.00 and 15.00-20.00       
  • Corby Community Hospital                  
  • Danetre Hospital Daventry                  
  • Isebrook Hospital (Hazelwood Ward) Wellingborough                                        

Some other specialist wards may also have different arrangements, and ward managers can use their discretion in exceptional circumstances. More restricted visiting times may be in place temporarily from time to time.                

Please refer to this list of ward contact numbers and contact the relevant ward to confirm current arrangements, particularly if you are travelling some distance to visit.

Information for visitors                

We ask all visitors to wash their hands when entering or leaving a ward - with soap and water or the alcohol gel provided. Facilities for using alcohol gel have been provided near to all the ward entrances and at the bedsides.                

Please use the bedside visitors’ chairs and do not sit on hospital beds. Please do not use patients’ toilets but use the separate toilets for visitors instead.                

A maximum of two visitors per bed at any one time is allowed, at the discretion of the nurse in charge. Short visits are less tiring for patients. Visiting times have been set so that patients can rest and be given personal care in private. It also means that our cleaning teams have improved access to patient areas and can clean thoroughly.                

Except for seriously ill patients, if you feel you need to visit outside normal visiting hours please speak to the nurse in charge of the ward in the first instance.                

If you want to leave the ward with the patient for a break or any other reason, please check with ward staff.                

In certain circumstances visitors may be asked to leave the ward, but they will be told why and when they can return.                

Mobile phones, cameras and camcorders must not be used in ward areas.                

Children are welcome to visit, but they should be accompanied by and remain the responsibility of an adult visitor.                

Ringing for details                

Please use this list of ward telephone numbers to dial direct to a particular ward. If the number you want is not available, contact the switchboard on 01604 634700.

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