New visiting times are to be introduced at West Suffolk Hospital to make it easier for relatives and friends to visit their loved ones at more convenient times.
From Tuesday (July 1), visitors will be welcome from 2.30pm to 5pm and 6.30pm to 8pm across all wards.
The new times are a significant increase on current arrangements, which limit visiting to one hour during the afternoon and a further hour in the evening.
The revised times are being introduced to make it easier for people to fit coming to the hospital to see their relatives or friends around other commitments, such as work or looking after children.
It is hoped that giving people extra flexibility will also help ease pressure on car parking by spreading out the demand for spaces.
Sam Bower, deputy chief nurse, said: “We decided to revise our visiting hours after listening to feedback from people using the hospital, who told us they wanted the flexibility to come and see their loved ones at times which were more convenient for them.
“We fully appreciate the beneficial effect which spending time with family and friends can have, but are also conscious that our patients need rest during their recovery.
“We think the new visiting times will provide this balance and hope they are well received by everyone using West Suffolk Hospital.”
The neonatal unit, Rainbow ward, maternity ward, oncology ward and acute medical unit will be unaffected by the change, with open visiting remaining in these areas.