Visitors get more time with their loved ones this Christmas with extended visiting times

Visitors to patients in hospitals in Coventry and Rugby are getting an extra Christmas present to be able to spend more time with loved ones over the festive period.

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

From Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24) until Sunday, January 3, 2016, friends and family can visit their relatives from 10am to 8pm each day. It is hoped that this will bring some much-needed family cheer and home comforts to patients while they’re in hospital.

Chief Nursing Officer, Mark Radford, said: “Christmas is a time of year that many families like to spend together, but unfortunately some patients will be too sick to go home over the festive period.

“By increasing the visiting hours we are giving families the opportunity to spend as much time as they can with their loved ones over Christmas.

“I would like to thank all our staff who are working over the holidays for their efforts to make Christmas a happier time in hospital.”

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 should 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 (Saturday, December 26) and New Year’s Day enabling them to park at no charge.