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​Visiting Guidance

In line with new national coronavirus guidance, visiting is suspended with immediate effect and until further notice.

The only exceptional circumstances where one visitor – an immediate family member or carer – will be permitted to visit are listed below.

• The patient you wish to visit is receiving end-of-life care.

• You are the birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour.

• You are a parent or appropriate adult visiting your child.

Please contact the ward or department in advance to discuss appropriate arrangements.

Your health, safety and wellbeing, that of our patients, communities and individuals and teams across the organisation remain our absolute priority.

Please find other ways of keeping in touch with your loved ones in hospital, like phone and video calls.

Everyone should follow the expert national guidance on social distancing and self-isolation, staying at home wherever possible, to help limit the spread of coronavirus, protect the most vulnerable people in our communities and our NHS.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this challenging time.


Abbotsbury Surgical Short Stay Unit
Visiting Hours: 2.30pm - 3.30pm, 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Tel: 01305 255150 / 254830

Barnes Ward
Visiting Hours: 12pm - 8pm 
Tel: 01305 255213

Coronary Care Unit
Visiting Hours: 2pm - 7.30pm
Tel: 01305 255681

Day Lewis Ward
Visiting Hours: 12pm - 8pm
Tel: 01305 255219

Fortuneswell Cancer Ward
Visiting Hours: 3pm - 8pm
Tel: 01305 253342 or 253343

HDU: High Dependency Unit
Visiting Hours: 1pm - 3pm, 5pm - 7pm
Tel: 01305 255325 (your call will be answered by the Intensive Care Unit who will be able to transfer your call to the most appropriate member of the ICU/HDU team)

ICU: Intensive Care Unit
Visiting Hours: 1pm - 8pm (or at the discretion of the shift co-ordinator)
Tel: 01305 255596

Ilchester Integrated Assessment Unit
Visiting Hours: Open visiting
Tel: 01305 254800 / 255870

Kingfisher Ward
Visiting Hours: Open visiting
Tel: 01305 254253

Lulworth Ward
Visiting Hours: 2:30 – 3:30pm, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Tel: 01305 255471

Maternity Unit
Visiting Hours: 2pm – 7pm. Partners and mother’s children welcome 9am – 9pm
Tel: 01305 254267

Maud Alexander Ward
Visiting Hours: 2pm - 7.30pm
Tel: 01305 255524

Moreton Ward
Visiting Hours: 3.30pm - 4.30pm, 7pm - 8pm
Tel: 01305 255628 / 5634

Prince of Wales Ward
Visiting Hours: 2.30pm – 4.30pm, 6.30pm - 7.30pm​
Tel: 01305 255139

Purbeck Ward
Visiting Hours: 2.30pm – 3:.0pm, 6.30pm - 7.30pm; Open Visiting 12pm - 8pm for relatives and carers of patients with dementia
Tel: 01305 255593

Ridgeway Ward
Visiting Hours: 2.30pm – 3.30pm, 7pm – 8pm
Tel: 01305 255561 and 01305 255562

SCBU: Special Care Baby Unit
Visiting Hours: Open visiting for parents. 9am-7pm: siblings and grandparents.  2pm-6pm: all visitors, minimum age 16 years.  Three adult visitors per baby.  Visitors must be accompanied by either the baby’s parent or carer.
Tel: 01305 254234

Stroke Unit
Visiting Hours: 12pm until 4pm and 5pm until 8pm.​
Tel: 01305 255164