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Extended visits for hospital patients in Scotland

Visiting hours are to be extended to 11:00 and 20:30 Credit: ITV Border

Visiting hours are to be extended at hospitals across Scotland. Visitors will now be able to attend adult acute hospital wards everyday between 11:00 and 20:30.

The change is part of a move away from traditional set visiting times after claims it would benefit patients. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said the move was designed to offer friends and relatives more flexibility when visiting people in hospital:

This change will make a big difference to families and friends of patients, enabling them to visit when it is most suitable thereby ensuring family life and work commitments are not adversely effected.

This will ensure patients as well as family and friends are able to plan visits better and patients enjoy a better quality of time with their loved ones."

– Margaret McGuire, Nursing Director, NHSGGC