Your time in hospital will be short and you may have a lot of adjustment and learning with a new baby. It would be wise to keep your visitors to a minimum and ask friends and family to visit you at home.
Young children and babies may be at risk of injury or infection around the hospital. We recommend that babies are not brought into the wards and only the new baby’s brothers and sisters may visit. Children who are visiting must be supervised at all times and we recommend that visits are kept short.
Visiting Times RJMS
Antenatal Ward (A ward): 2:00pm – 4:00pm and 6:30pm – 8.30pm.
Postnatal Wards (E ward & Johnstone House): 3:00pm – 4:00pm and 7:00pm – 8:00pm.
Visits are limited to 2 people at any given time in addition to partner.
Please Note: Partners are welcome from 11am only in Postnatal Wards, for short periods at a time. We would encourage partners to be mindful of the need for the mothers and babies on the wards to have rest periods and also to allow the clinical team to provide care. Visiting is also discouraged at meal times.
Visting Times Midwifery Led Unit
Whilst there are no set visiting times in the MLU, we would request visitors to contact the unit in advance to agree an appropriate time to visit with the mother and baby, telephone 028 9504 1555 or 028 9504 1556.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Your Responsibilities as a visitor
Please help us fight infection by following these four simple rules when you come into one of our hospitals:
- clean your hands before and after visiting a hospital ward
- don’t visit if you feel unwell, have a cold, diarrhoea or vomiting
- don’t bring perishable foods in to our hospitals
- stick to the visiting times and the numbers of visitors allowed at one time.
The Trust operates a zero tolerance policy in respect of violence. Staff or visitors displaying threatening or abusive behaviour will be required to leave. Visitors with any equipment such as mobile phones, cameras or camcorder should ensure that they are turned off whilst in the hospital.
Bringing Food into Hospital
Hospital policy strongly discourages patients and their relatives from bringing perishable food into the Hospital for consumption on the premises. Perishable foods are considered to be:
- takeaway food
- dairy products etc.
Foods which may be brought into the Hospital include:
- foods which can be safely stored at room temperature e.g ‘long-life products’
- non alcoholic drinks.
In exceptional circumstances, perishables may be brought to patients with the permission of ward staff. In these circumstances due care and full responsibility must be taken by the patients or relatives.
Gifts to Patients
Cut flowers must be kept to a minimum and helium balloons should be sent to the home.