We welcome and encourage visitors to all wards, seven days a week, but please remember that patients tire easily and need plenty of rest.
As visiting times vary slightly between wards, we recommend that you check with staff in person, or by calling, before your visit. Read more about the wards at Harefield.
The nurses on the wards have responsibility for their patients’ care and may, on occasion, ask visitors to stay for a limited period only or restrict the number of people present at any one time. Visitors may be asked to leave if patients become tired.
Help us protect your loved ones
Visitors who have suffered with symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the previous 48 hours are asked not to visit and to refrain from visiting for a further 72 hours. This restriction helps safeguard our patients from the risk of infection.
It is not advisable to bring babies or very small children onto surgical wards. Again, this is because of infection risks. However, if you have no choice, please ensure they are supervised at all times. When children become noisy or upset, we may have to ask you to leave as this can disturb patients.
Unfortunately, flowers are not allowed in some areas of the hospital. This is because the stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria. The bacteria could be transferred from the water to surgical wounds or intravenous lines (drips), causing serious infection.
Flowers and plants are not allowed in the intensive care unit, or high dependency unit.
Harefield Hospital is smoke free so please help us to protect the patients by not smoking immediately before visiting. Patients who smoke will be offered nicotine replacement support while in hospital and you can help by supporting them in their efforts to quit.
For support quitting, contact your GP practice or the NHS stop smoking service on 0800 0221 4332.