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Inpatient Stay - Visitor Information

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Your visitors are very welcome during your stay with us but please tell them not to visit if they are unwell. In particular, if they have had diarrhoea or vomiting they should not visit until they have been well for 48 hours. Please remind them to clean their hands prior to visiting.


Visiting times


Patient welfare and recovery is at the heart of new ward visiting times at the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital. Matrons asked for the visiting period to be reviewed in response to feedback from patients, visitors and staff.


Visiting times are 8am until 8pm, seven days a week. Intensive Care and the children’s wards operate a more flexible system.


If the ward’s visiting arrangements don’t suit your family and friends please speak with a member of the ward team about this.


Please keep the number of visitors to two at a time so as not to disturb other patients.

In certain circumstances, we can arrange for members of your family to stay in the hospital. Please talk to a member of the ward team.


Men and women are usually cared for separately. Sometimes there may be wards for both sexes, but men and women will be cared for in separate areas. However, men and women may be nursed together in areas like Intensive Care where special facilities are needed. If you have any concerns or questions about this please talk to a member of the ward team.


If you wish to be cared for by a member of staff of the same sex as you, please talk to a member of the ward team. We will try to take full account of your religious and spiritual needs.