Visiting someone in hospital plays a vital part in helping them to recover. We encourage you to visit your family and friends but ask you to follow some simple rules to reduce the infection risks to patients and aid their recovery.
We ask that a maximum of two people visit a patient at any one time to minimise infection. If for any reason you would like more than two people to visit at a time, you must arrange this in advance with the Nurse in Charge of the ward or unit.
Please arrange with friends and family to take turns if necessary. Do not feel that you must stay for all of the visiting time. Sometimes a quick visit and chat is all that is needed and it ensures that the patient can have enough time to rest and recover.
Children are welcome but must be supervised by an adult at all times within the hospital.
Unfortunately pets are not normally allowed into the hospital, with the exception of guiding or registered assistance dogs.
Please make sure that you have checked the ward page for details such as visiting times before you travel. These details can be found through our Ward Directory.
Due to hygiene reasons flowers are not permitted on the wards, so please refrain from bringing these when visiting.
If you are involved in giving care to a patient and would like to carry on doing this whilst they’re in hospital, please speak to the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse. You may be able to help give them more information from you about your relatives or friends care needs.
For more information and support regarding being a carer, please visit our dedicated Carer’s Page.
Do ask advice from the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse before going into an isolation room.
Do leave if we ask. We may need to give care or treatment to your relative or friend, or to another patient. To ensure privacy and dignity we may ask you to wait outside for a few minutes.
Do respect hospital property and ensure you leave all areas clean and tidy.
Do tell us if you have any concerns about patient care or cleanliness, or if you have any suggestions for improvement. Please speak to the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse. If you wish to speak to the Matron please ask a member of staff or reception to contact the Matron for you.
Don’t use ward toilets – these are for patients only. Please use the nearest public toilets. Ask a member of staff to direct you.
Don’t bring in flowers or plants. Wards cannot allow plants or flowers due to the risk of cross infection.
Don’t share patient toiletries, tissues, towels and other personal items with other patients.
Don’t sit or lie on the patient’s bed.
Don’t touch wounds, dressings or any other medical equipment such as drips or catheters.
Don’t visit in work clothing which may be dirty.
Don’t bring cooked or uncooked meals into the hospital. If you are concerned about special dietary needs for medical, religious or cultural beliefs, please talk to the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse so an appropriate meal plan can be arranged.
Other Useful Information
For advice or support on quitting smoking and information regarding local services, please contact the Hospital Stop Smoking Service (Princess Royal Hospital: 01952 641222 Ext. 4464; Royal Shrewsbury Hospital: 01743 261000 Ext. 4464), or visit our Stop Smoking page.