Visiting in Critical Care

Visiting times for our critical care units from Monday to Sunday are as follows:

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) - 12pm to 7pm

General High Dependency Unit (GHDU) - 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm

Enhanced Care Unit (ECU) – 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm

Due to the severity of our patients’ illnesses, we try to offer relatives and friends as much flexibility as possible with visiting and try to tailor this to each patient’s needs.

Due to limited space and the need to allow staff to carry out their caring duties, only two visitors are allowed by the bedside at any time. We understand this is sometimes difficult, and it is at the nurse in charge or the bedside nurse’s discretion if more than two visitors are allowed.

Please be aware that you may be asked to leave if your loved one requires nursing interventions so we can maintain privacy; or if the ward round or handover is taking place so we ensure patient confidentiality is maintained at all times for all patients.

Our patients are very susceptible to infection. Please help us to keep them safe by not visiting the unit if you are unwell or you have any signs of infection or COVID-19.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding visiting, please do not hesitate to speak to the nurse in charge.

Children visiting the critical care units

Our staff realise that having a sick family member in the High Dependency Unit and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) can be a difficult time for the whole family, especially children, who may have questions about why their relative is missing from family life.

Children are able to visit their relative in critical care, however you may wish to consider if it is the right decision for the child before they visit the unit.

We have put together some guidance to help you.


Parking

Visitors of critical care are able to claim a concessionary rate of £10.50 per seven days. Forms are available from ICU/HDU – please speak to the Nurse in Charge. Once completed, the form should then be taken to the security and car parking reception desk in the hospital’s main entrance. Please note that only one concessionary ticket will be issued per patient.

Please be aware that you may be asked to leave if your loved one requires nursing interventions so we can maintain privacy; or if the ward round or handover is taking place so we ensure patient confidentiality is maintained at all times for all patients.