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Visiting

Visiting

Each ward has individual visiting times – please click here for all ward information.

We can usually be flexible if a patient is very poorly or you have to travel to visit. Please speak to the ward staff if you need to make alternative arrangements.

You can reach our hospitals by car or public transport, please go to the page of the hospital you’re visiting for more information. If you’re visiting from outside the area you can find information on hotels, bed and breakfast, self catering accommodation and more on the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative website.


Car parking

Car parking is available at all hospitals and costs £1.20p per hour, up to a maximum of £4 per day. At Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital the charge is £1 for a 24 hour period. There is no charge to park at Rothbury or Haltwhistle hospitals.

For more information please look at the page of the hospital you’re visiting.


Helping with mealtimes

Nutrition plays an important part in patient care and our wards have protected mealtimes to ensure patients are not interrupted during their meal.

Visitors are generally not allowed during this time, however if a patient needs help with their meal we do encourage relatives or carers to come in and help out if they wish – please talk to the ward staff.


Flowers

We do ask that visitors don’t bring flowers into the hospitals. Although flowers look lovely they do collect dust and can harbour germs in the water and soil.

Please help us keep the wards as clean as possible.


Children

Children are welcome to visit patients on most wards if accompanied by a responsible adult. However please speak to ward staff before bringing very young children in.


Infection control

The infection control team and all staff are responsible for helping reduce and prevent the spread of infections, but everyone can help, including visitors.

Please help us and our vulnerable patients by following our simple advice:

  • Wash your hands and use alcohol gel before entering and leaving the ward
  • Do not sit on patients’ beds
  • Do not use patient toilets
  • Do not visit if you are unwell or have an infection, for example a heavy cold or diarrhoea

Smokefree

All of our sites are now completely smokefree. This means that smoking is not permitted on any of our sites including all buildings, grounds and vehicles. E-cigarettes are permitted on our grounds but not inside of our buildings. For the comfort of others we ask that you please use e-cigarettes away from our main entrances. For more information please click here.

 

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