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Most inpatient wards at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital have visiting times between 11am and 8pm.

The exceptions are:

Acute Medical Unit (AMU) 2pm to 8pm
AECU Currently open Monday-Friday from 8am till 8pm with the last referral being accepted no later than 18:00 hrs
Cedar Ward, Heron Ward and Birch Acute Coronary Unit 3pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 8pm
Surgical Wards (Falcon Ward, Kingfisher Ward, Surgical Dependency Unit (SDU) and Dickens Ward) 3pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 8pm
Surgical Assessment Unit 10am to 9pm
Swan Ward 12 midday to 8pm
Joan Booker Click here for details
Labour Ward Click here for details
Ash Ward (paediatrics) Weekdays 2pm to 7pm and weekends, 12 midday to 8pm
Oak Ward (paediatrics) Anytime within reason
Critical Care (ICU and HDU) Click here for details
Special Care Baby Unit Anytime for close family

If your visitors cannot visit during these hours they are welcome to speak with the Ward Manager or Nurse in Charge to make alternative arrangements.


Protected rest time

We offer all our patients protected rest time after lunch, usually between 12:30 and 13:30 to help as part of the recovery process. We do not allow visiting, ward rounds or procedures to take place during this time, unless it would be detrimental to a patient not to do so.


Advice for visitors

We recognise that visiting a person in hospital plays a vital part in aiding their recovery. We encourage visitors to take part in social interaction with patients and to share in their care where appropriate.

Please respect other patients when visiting and keep noise to a minimum. We therefore ask that no more than two people visit a patient at any one time.

All visitors should use chairs provided and not use the patient’s bed to sit on.

To respect patient privacy, visitors may be asked to leave the bedside when doctors are doing their ward rounds, or when a doctor or nurse needs to provide care to a patient.

It would be helpful if you would not visit patients in the hospital if you are suffering from a cold, flu, and tummy bug or any illness you think could be passed on to patients in the hospital. If you are in any doubt please telephone the ward staff for information.



Children are welcome to visit patients providing they are accompanied by an adult. Unless absolutely necessary, please try not to bring in children under the age of 10.

It is recommended that you speak to the Nurse in Charge before bringing young children on to the ward. They should be supervised at all times to ensure that noise is kept to a minimum and they do not run around or climb on beds or ward equipment.