Trust relaxes its ward visiting hours

The health trust that runs Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals is relaxing rules on set visiting times, in an effort to improve the wellbeing of frail older patients.

As part of the Trust’s own ‘Frailty Week,’ staff are encouraging carers to visit at a time that suits them and are tailoring care, wherever possible, to the individual.

A spokesman for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Frailty is commonly linked with old age, and as people are now living longer than ever, related hospital admissions are increasing every year. Frail older adults are usually weak and have many complex medical conditions which can often require a stay in hospital. They may also be confused and need assistance in dressing, eating and with their general mobility.”

Cindy Storer, Head of Nursing and Quality within the Frailty Care Group, said: “Carers help us to gain a better understanding of our patients’ lives and provide valuable insight into their specific needs. Carers play a crucial role in the wellbeing of some of our patients and this is why we have introduced ‘open visiting’ on our wards, so people can visit at a time that suits them.”