MACDONALD WELCOMES EXTENDED VISITING HOURS IN HOSPITALS
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 12:58
Angus MacDonald MSP has welcomed news that family and friends will be able to visit loved ones at hospital times which are convenient to them.
The pilot will see five health boards – Tayside, Fife, Forth Valley, Dumfries and Galloway and Greater Glasgow and Clyde – trial extended visiting hours of 11am to 8pm.
Health Secretary Alex Neil has implemented the pilot after listening to feedback from patients to make the health service more ‘user friendly’.
Mr MacDonald, whose constituency is covered by the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, which is participating in the trial, said:
"I am delighted to hear about this pilot which will allow family and friends to be able to visit their loved ones at times which are convenient to them.
"Opening up visiting times to 11am to 8pm will mean it is easier for people to fit visiting patients in with their working hours.
“That will result in more support for the patient and seeing more of family and friends could speed up recovery.
"NHS staff will also benefit as visitors will be spread out more throughout the day, rather than being restricted to a couple of hours.
“It is great news that the Health Secretary has listened to what patients want and has listened to those who want their visitors to be able to pop in at any time during the day.
“The SNP is taking steps to making our health service more user-friendly. With patient care safer than ever, we must continue this hard work and ensure our health service continues to go from strength to strength.”