PATIENTS in St Cross and Walsgrave hospitals will get an extra Christmas present this year by being allowed to spend more time with their families and friends.
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust visiting hours are being extended for both University Hospital and the Hospital of St Cross over the festive period.
From Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24) until Sunday, January 3, friends and family can visit their relatives from 10am to 8pm each day, to bring some much-needed family cheer and home comforts to patients.
Chief Nursing Officer, Mark Radford, said: “Unfortunately some patients will be too sick to go home over the festive period.
“By increasing the visiting hours we are giving families the opportunity to spend as much time as they can with their loved ones over Christmas.
“I would like to thank all our staff who are working over the holidays for their efforts to make Christmas a happier time in hospital.”
The restriction for no more than two visitors per bed remains in place for infection prevention and control reasons.
As at any time of year, if patients or visitors have extra visiting requirements, they should speak to staff on the ward.
As an extra measure of good will, car parking charges will be waived on Christmas Day, Boxing Day (Saturday, December 26) and New Year’s Day.
Normally visiting hours are 6.30pm-8pm only, Monday to Friday; 2pm-4pm and 6.30pm-8pm Saturday and Sunday.