Latest visiting restrictions by hospital

To help us keep our patients, staff and visitors safe, stop the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), visiting restrictions are in place – please see click here for the latest information

Conquest Hospital ward and visiting information

Because of Coronavirus (Covid-19) visiting restrictions are in place, please see below for the latest information.

Visiting restrictions at Conquest Hospital

To help us keep our patients, staff and visitors safe, stop the spread of Coronavirus, visiting restrictions are in place. The following is subject to change and may differ from ward to ward. It will be down to the  matron or nurse in chance of the ward or area to agree how the visiting arrangements can be met. Please contact the ward or area for the most up to date details. We ask for your cooperation to help us allow visiting for as many patients and families as possible.

Typically, the latest rules for visiting our general inpatient wards at Conquest Hospital are:

  • One visitor per patient for a maximum of one hour each day, between 2.00pm to 7.00pm
  • Visits must be pre-booked by phoning – Tel: 0300 131 4500 and asking for the ward you wish to visit
  • Visiting will still be restricted for those self-isolating in protected areas before and after planned surgery, those who are shielding or deemed clinically vulnerable. This is to protect them from infection
  • Children under 16 are not allowed to visit, except in exceptional circumstances, which you should discuss with the nurse in charge

All visitors need to wear a face covering for the duration of their visit. For further information about face coverings, click here.

Our top priority is to protect you, our staff and our community. This means that when you visit, there will be some new protection measures in place. We ask for your support in keeping everyone safe:

  • You should not come into hospital if you have Covid-19 symptoms or any health concerns
  • If you are in an at-risk group (anyone over 70, who has an underlying health condition, is pregnant or shielding) you are advised not to visit
  • Please wear a face covering at all times when you are inside the hospital. For further information about face coverings, click here.
  • Please enter and leave through the main hospital entrance only
  • Clean your hands with the alcohol gel provided when entering and leaving the hospital and the ward
  • Please bring as few bags, coats and other loose belongings with you as possible
  • Please stay at least two metres away from other people at all times
  • You may be asked to leave the ward during your visit. This may be because your relative or another patient requires treatment or if an emergency occurs

We recommend that you use digital services such as Facetime, Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp to stay in touch with loved ones during their hospital stay, to minimise the risk of spreading or contracting the virus. We have tablets with Zoom available on wards for use by patients who do not have a smartphone or other mobile device.

Wards at Conquest Hospital

Baird Ward is a 28 bedded mixed Acute Medical/Respiratory ward.

The ward admits male and female patients of all ages who are suffering from any acute medical/respiratory condition, such as sepsis, substance abuse, asthma, end stage lung disease (lung cancer, COPD).

The ward has strong links with the Hospital Intervention Team and also the palliative care team, to expedite a rapid discharge. Most patients are discharged home. The aim is to facilitate a rapid turnover of patients who require a short admission into hospital for treatment or diagnosis.

Patients who have been identified as being suitable for admission to the ward but subsequently need a longer hospital admission may be transferred to other wards, for specialist treatment or dementia care.

Visiting Times
3.00pm to 8.00pm
Flexibility for individual needs – please discuss with Matron/Ward Sister

Benson Ward is an Orthopaedic Trauma Ward for male and female patients of all ages.

There are 28 beds, four 4 bedded bays plus four side rooms.

Visiting Times
2.30pm to 8.00pm
Flexibility for individual needs – please discuss with Matron/Ward Sister.

The Buchanan delivery suite has 10 rooms, one Theatre and two Recovery beds. There is 24 hour cover from anaesthetist and obstetricians to assist women if required at any time.

Visiting times vary, please contact the ward for information, or see information about Mirrlees Ward, Murray Ward or Frank Shaw Ward below.

For more informaton about the Buchanan delivery suite visit Conquest Hospital Consultant Led Maternity Unit

Cookson Attenborough Short Stay Unit is divided into three different areas:

  • Pre-admission clinic
  • Pre-operative reception area
  • Ward area / post procedure area

There are 12 beds plus six trolleys to accommodate the 100 patients that pass through the unit on a weekly basis. These patients receive any procedure that requires a one-night stay or less.

Visiting Times
6.00pm to 8.00pm
Relatives are allowed to visit patients for 5 to 10 mins after surgery.

Cookson Devas Ward is an Orthopaedic Elective Ward for male and female patients.

It is a 20 bedded ward, 4 bedded bays and 4 side rooms

Visiting Times
2.30pm to 8.00pm
Please discuss with Matron/Nurse in Charge for flexibility.

De Cham Ward is a 28-bedded, Medical Ward specialising in Acute Medicine and Gastroenterology.

Visiting Times
2.30pm to 8.00pm
Flexibility for individual needs – please discuss with Matron/Ward Sister.

Egerton Ward is an Orthopaedic Trauma Ward for male and female patients of all ages. There are 28 beds, 4 six bedded bays plus 4 side rooms.

Visiting Times
2.30pm to 8.00pm
Flexibility for individual needs – please discuss with Matron/Ward Sister.

Frank Shaw Ward is situated on Level 1 at Conquest Hospital. It has a 5-bedded Transitional Care Bay (midwives are responsible for the mothers and SCBU nurses for the babies).

  • B Bay – has four beds and is used for the C-section mothers so they are close by for monitoring
  • C Bay – four bedded postnatal
  • D Bay – four bedded postnatal
  • F Bay – has four beds and is used for the C-Section mothers so they are close by for monitoring
  • In addition there are three side rooms available.

The midwives provide individualised postnatal care to women. Transitional care for the neonates is provided by the Nurses from SCBU. Midwives provide postnatal care to the mother whose baby is receiving transitional care. The length of stay for a postnatal woman can be between six hours and five days.

Visiting Times
Partners – 9.00am to 9.00pm
Mother’s own children – 9.00am to 6.00pm
Visitors – 2.00pm to 8.00pm

For more informaton about the Frank Shaw Ward visit our Maternity pages.

Gardner Ward is a 28-bedded surgical ward for male and female patients.

The surgery covers abdominal, breast and general surgery. Patients are admitted from:

  • Waiting list for planned surgery
  • Surgical Assessment Unit as GP referrals
  • Occasionally from Outpatients Department

The unit also benefits from Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), which aims to support early discharge of patients.

Visiting Times
2:30pm to 7:30pm
Flexibility for individual needs – Discuss with Matron/Ward Sister

James Ward and Coronary Care Unit (CCU) are run as one area. James Ward has 16 beds, with six bedside monitors and six telemetry beds. The ward accepts a range of patients with acute cardiac problems.

CCU has six monitored beds and cares for patients during the acute phase of cardiac problems.

Visiting Times
2:30pm to 8:00pm

The Judy Beard Day Unit is a day unit for adult Oncology and Haematology patients. There are two bays for treatment, a waiting room and a separate treatment room for specialist treatment and a quiet room.

Opening hours
Monday to Friday – 8.00am to 6.00pm (not Bank Holidays)

Kipling Ward is an acute Inpatient ward and Short Stay Paediatric Assessment Unit (SSPAU).

Kipling Ward is a 21 bedded unit comprised of 2 bays of 6 beds, 7 cubicles, 2 isolation rooms and 1 oncology suite. Kipling Ward is a general medical and surgical ward for all children aged 0 to 16 years of age unless they have complex needs in which case they may be admitted up to their 19th birthday.

Children and young people with mental health issues are also admitted and managed by acute Paediatricians and CAMHS. Consultant paediatricians oversee the care of the children admitted to the ward, SSPAUs and in the community.

Visiting Times
Parents have unrestricted access and can visit whenever they like although we do not encourage visiting late at night or overnight. We provide facilities for 1 parent to be resident overnight.

MacDonald Ward is a medical frailty ward. It is a 28-bedded ward generally for those over 75 years of age and is dedicated to patients living with frailty, aiming to provide person centred, co-ordinated care and support.

Visiting Times
Open visiting – 24 hours, 7 days a week

Direct line 01424 758041

Mirrlees Ward is an Early Pregnancy Unit and Gynaecology Emergency Ward, with some Inpatient facilities.

Visiting Times
2:30pm to 8.00pm

For more informaton about Mirrlees Ward visit our Maternity pages.

Murray Antenatal Ward six Induction of Labour Beds, six Antenatal admission beds and one side room.

The Day assessment unit is run from Murray and Antenatal clinics also run from Area B on Level 3 at Conquest Hospital.

Visiting Times
Partners – 9.00am to 9.00pm
Mother’s own children – 9.00am to 6.00pm
Visitors – 2.00pm to 8.00pm

For more informaton about Murray Antenatal Ward visit Conquest Hospital Consultant Led Maternity Unit

Newington Ward is a Medical Assessment Unit for frailty, for example dementia and chronic conditions.

It is a 28-bedded short stay unit (5 to 9 days) for those over 75 years of age and is dedicated to patients living with frailty, aiming to provide person centred, co-ordinated care and support.

Visiting Times
2:30pm to 8:30pm
Flexibility for individual needs – discuss with Matron/Ward Sister

This is a 26 bedded unit for male and female patients. The unit takes all emergency patients for assessment of general surgical patients. Our aim is to provide rapid assessment, stabilisation and diagnosis of patients prior to transfer or discharge.

The Unit also offers an alternative to in-patient stay – for example, gallstone pathway where patients attend for scans, blood tests, review and planning of on-going treatment, this therefore reduces the need for an in-patient admission.

Visiting Times
Open visiting

Special Care Baby Unit is a Level 1 unit caring for babies who are premature, small for gestational age or unwell and who require specialist nursing. The unit has 12 SCBU cots and four Transitional care cots.

Visiting Times
Open visiting
1.00pm to 3.00pm – Parents only

For more informaton visit the Special Care Baby Unit pages.

Tressell Ward is a medical ward with an interest in frailty. Male and female patients nursed in single sex bays totalling 28 beds.

Visiting Times
10.00am to 12noon and 2.30pm to 8.00pm

Wellington Ward is a 20 bedded gastroenterology ward. There is also an area which focuses on the care of bariatric patients. The ward undertakes assessment, investigations and treatment of gastroenterology conditions, with expert nursing intervention to promote patient centred goals of care.

The role of the ward is therefore to allow for this process to occur, maintaining individualised assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care. This being achieved by utilizing the multidisciplinary approach within the nursing philosophy expressed by the staff. There are also five isolation beds for anyone who requires barrier nursing.

Visiting Times
2:30pm to 8.00pm
Flexibility for individual needs – discuss with Matron/Ward Sister

Visiting restrictions

Occasionally it may be necessary to restrict visiting to a ward because of a risk of infection such as Norovirus or COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Please visit the Visiting restrictions page for the latest information