In response to patient feedback Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) is introducing open visiting to its inpatient wards. From Monday, 12 September, family and friends can visit patients when it is convenient for both the patient and themselves.
Family and friends can play an important role in caring for and supporting patients during their hospital stay. With permission of the patient, visitors can attend the morning ward round and be present when the doctor speaks to each patient about their care. This will promote clear communication between staff and their patients’ families and help in understanding plans for their on-going care.
Fiona Allsop (Chief nurse) said: “Days can feel very long when you are in hospital. We take a collaborative approach to caring for people whilst they are in hospital and want to encourage carers, family members and friends to help keep their loved one active, both mentally and physically. Open visiting will support this philosophy by encouraging family and friends to continue caring as they would if they were at home, if this is what they would like to do. Visitors can come and help their relative/friend get ready for the day, they can come and eat with them and also bring in board games cards, puzzles, books and newspapers. There are lots of outside spaces for little walks, a breath of fresh air or just to sit together.
More information about open visiting
Download the PDF below for more information about open visiting at SASHSupporting our patients: guidance for relatives and friends