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Royal College of Nursing calls for longer hospital visiting times

Chief Nursing Officer Christine Beasley responds to Royal College of Nursing call for longer hospital visiting hours

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The head of the Royal College of Nursing, Dr Peter Carter, has called for longer hospital visiting hours, arguing that help from friends and relatives leads to a better hospital experience for patients.

In response, Chief Nursing Officer Christine Beasley said:

“Carers and relatives do amazing work and we welcome and value their help but this must be in addition to NHS care, not instead of it.

“Nurses should spend their time caring for patients and it’s important to look at the way wards are run to help ensure this happens. I expect all hospitals to ensure that they are providing safe, high quality nursing care because this must be at the heart of the NHS.”

Published 26 September 2011