Hospital visitors get more time for Christmas presence

Visitors to patients in hospitals in Coventry and Rugby will be able to spend more time with loved ones over the Christmas holidays.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust visiting hours are again being extended for both University Hospital and the Hospital of St Cross over the festive period.

Between Christmas Eve (Saturday, December 24) until Tuesday, January 3, 2016, friends and family can visit their relatives from 11am to 8pm each day.

Chief Nursing Officer, Nina Fraser, said: “We do everything we can to help patients to spend Christmas back at home with their families, but unfortunately some will be too unwell.

“By extending our normal visiting hours, relatives and friends will be able to spend more time with their loved ones while they’re being cared for in our hospitals.

“I’d like to thank all the UHCW staff caring for patients over the holidays, as well as the extra festive cheer they will bring to brighten their stay.”

The restriction for no more than two visitors per bed remains in place for infection prevention and control reasons.

As at any time of year, if patients or visitors have extra visiting requirements, they can speak to staff on the ward.

As an extra measure of good will, for the benefit of patients’ visitors, ISS will once again be raising the car park barriers on Christmas Day, Boxing Day (Monday, December 26) and New Year’s Day enabling them to park at no charge.