The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Patients & Visitors

Visiting times

What are the visiting times?

To minimise infection and keep our patients safe at this time visiting has been suspended.  Please see our latest news page for more information.

There are some exemptions to this policy:

  • Parents of children and young people who are resident in hospital
  • Families of patients who are very sick or at the end of their lives
  • Birthing partners
In these instances please speak to the ward directly.

Ward numbers, location and telephone numbers are listed on the find a ward, clinic or unit page.

Meal times matter - information for visitors

At LTHT we recognise that food and drink is essential for our patients' wellbeing and recovery.

Many of our wards operate a protected mealtimes policy. This means that we try to ensure our patients are able to eat and enjoy their meals without unnecessary interruption and our ward staff are able to focus their time on assisting patients to eat and monitoring their nutrition.

Patients will still be able to see a doctor or other healthcare professional if they urgently need to and pre-arranged or urgent investigations or treatments will still take place.

How visitors can help

If you are visiting a ward displaying a Protected Mealtimes Poster, please respect this request and visit relatives or friends outside of these times where possible.

Visitors are very welcome to come onto the ward at mealtimes if they wish to provide assistance or encouragement with meals to their friend or family member.

If you are not supporting your friend or family member with their meal, you may wish to use this time to visit one of our food outlets for a meal or drink yourselves.

Visitors should avoid ringing the ward at mealtimes, this will enable a calm atmosphere where the nursing teams can focus on assisting their patients with uninterrupted time to eat and enjoy their meal.

Please ask the nurse in charge for more information on ward mealtimes