VISITING hours at Barnsley Hospital are changing from the start of October.

From Sunday, visitors will be able to visit patients on adult inpatient wards between 11am and 8pm daily.

Heather McNair, Director of Nursing and Quality at Barnsley Hospital , said: “The new visiting times will ensure improved communication between staff, patients and their relatives. The longer visiting hours will also encourage relatives and carers to be more involved in patient plan of care to provide a better experience.

“Having consistent visiting times across the Trust should also eliminate confusion if patients are moved to different wards across the Trust during their stay.”

'Protected meal times’ will remain in place.

If visitors need to visit outside the new hours they can speak with ward staff who will support where possible.

The new visiting hours are applicable to the majority of adult inpatient wards, however the hours for the Maternity Ward, Children’s Ward and Intensive Care Unit remain unchanged.

These times are available on