Visiting times

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Please note visiting restrictions related to Coronavirus (COVID-19):

We have made the difficult, but essential, decision to restrict visiting throughout our hospitals. From Friday 27 March, the only visitors who will be allowed in our hospitals will be:

  • A single birth partner for a woman in labour
  • A single parent for a child in paediatrics
  • Carers with a carer’s passport or a carer’s card
  • Visitors for an end of life patient. To ensure compassion whilst delivering safe care, the number of visitors permitted at this time will be at the ward manager’s discretion.

We know this a worrying time and we will make every effort to help patients stay connected with the people who matter most to them.

Further information:

In children’s units only one parent/carer is permitted, no siblings.

Two parents are permitted in our neonatal units. No other visitors are permitted.

Please note – If there are exceptional circumstances, please contact the ward area and discuss with the ward manager.




Ward visiting hours at Western Sussex Hospitals are: – not applicable during COVID-19

  • 10.00 am – 10.00 pm

The only exception is Howard Ward (paediatrics) at St Richard’s, where parents of patients can visit at any time; other visitors are welcome between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm.

Some wards have protected mealtimes to enable patients to eat their meals without unnecessary interruption. Please contact the ward you are visiting to find out these times.

Please speak to the ward staff if you are unable to visit a relative during the normal hours:


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