Ridiculous or “about time”? New rules allowing visitors to Teesside hospitals at any time of day seem to have divided opinion.
For while many have welcomed the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust move, others fear problems.
As reported, the new rules allow visitors during daytime hours – as long as it is what the patient wants and needs.
The “patient-centred” approach applies at James Cook, Friarage, The Friary, Redcar and East Cleveland hospitals, with the exception of children’s wards, maternity wards, the surgical admissions unit and the post-operative day unit.
And on the Teesside Live website and Facebook page, the plan has prompted a mixed reaction.
Several fear disruption, with comments including: “It’s not a hotel. A place for people to get better. I certainly don’t want strangers there when my elderly relative is on the commode. My family member died, the staff were amazing. They are so busy, the last thing they need are more visitors pestering them.”
Another reader posted: “I don’t agree with this. End of life should be any time but other patients should be a specific time.”
And Bridget Moore branded the idea “one of the most ridiculous yet.”
She posted: “Whoever has come up with this one has not spent any time in hospital as a patient feeling really ill, just wanting peace and quiet whilst they are either being sick, crying out in pain or having an embarrassing procedure carried out. Bad enough certain things are shared between patients sometimes but you don’t need the general public seeing or hearing what is happening. As for the poor staff this is just another hurdle the idiots who decide these things have come up with.”
Mandy Bramley wrote: “Also means that short-staffed wards can rely on families to support their loved ones! It’s not all patient-centred believe me.”
Alison Busby wrote: “Hmm – not sure if I was a patient in a bay I’d be keen on this.”
But others draw on personal experience to welcome the move, with Ann Hope posting: “Thankfully when I was on haematology with cancer, they allowed my husband, mum and kids to visit any time of the day, it made such a difference.”
Michelle Harland believes it will be “so beneficial to loads of people” while Amy Sivewright called it a “fab move – people need their loved ones when they are poorly.” And Fiona Cullen observed: “Might ease the congestion at teatime.”
Others simply posted: “About time.”
The new rules came into operation on Monday, October 3. But in children’s wards, parents can visit children at any time and there are some beds available for mums and dads wanting to stay with young children overnight.
And maternity wards visiting arrangements are:
James Cook – Partners, open visiting; brothers and sisters of baby, 8am to 8pm; all other visitors, 2.30pm to 4.30pm and 6.30pm to 8pm.
Friarage – Partners, 10am to 9pm; all other visitors, 2pm to 4pm.