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  • You are in hospital for treatment and recovery. If you do not want visitors, it is okay to say so.
  • As a visitor, it is important to keep to a hospital’s visiting hours, so patients can get plenty of rest.
  • You might be able to arrange to visit someone after visiting hours. Check with the hospital.
  • Never visit someone in hospital if you are sick.
  • Most hospitals have hand wash stations on every ward. Wash your hands before and after your visit.
  • Use family rooms if you need privacy or so that you do not disturb other patients.
  • Respect the wishes of the person you are visiting – sometimes they may not feel well enough to have visitors.

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Reviewed on: 18-09-2015