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Open Visiting

We have a policy of 'Open Visiting' on our wards.

Relatives and friends of patients may visit their loved ones from 10.00am until 10.00pm, although there may be times when visitors are asked to move away from the bedside for short periods of time for clinical reasons.

There are however a few exceptions: in the interests of patient safety and recovery, Critical Care and High Dependency areas have their own visiting times.

Open Visiting is an example of how the Trust is recognising the important role that relatives, loved ones, friends and carers play in supporting patients in their recovery. 

To ensure that Open Visiting is beneficial to everyone, the Trust has created a 'Visitors' Charter':

Oxford University Hospitals Visitors' Charter (pdf, 56 KB)

Being in hospital can be a very stressful time, both for the patient and their loved ones, and visits from friends and relatives can be a real boost to morale and an aid to patients' recovery.

This is particularly true in relation to dementia patients. We are making our hospitals more dementia-friendly, and Open Visiting allows carers of patients with dementia to remain with their loved one, where appropriate, and be actively involved in their care during what can be a confusing time for them.

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