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New flexible hospital visiting hours welcomed in Goole

Visiting hours are about to change at Goole and District Hospital, allowing people greater flexibility to call in and see their family or friend.

Currently visiting hours are restricted to 2.30pm to 4pm and 6.30pm to 8pm. From the end of June however, people will be able to visit anytime between 1pm and 8pm.

Tara Filby, chief nurse, told Our Goole: “We have undertaken a pilot of extended visiting and have spoken to patients, families and staff before making this decision. We know patients benefit greatly from having their loved ones visit during their hospital recovery, and we also know that visitors appreciate this added flexibility as it makes visiting much easier to fit in with their work and other commitments.”

Guidance for visitors to ward areas will remain the same, including limiting the number of visitors to two at any one time to avoid disturbing other patients, and to refrain from visiting if you have a current or recent illness.

Tara added: “When we asked family and patients what they wanted the overwhelming majority wanted to extend visiting. It helped improve communication and reduced the queues as people arrived on wards. We will continually monitor feedback to ensure the change provides a positive patient experience.”

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