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Visitors, privacy and dignity

Ward telephone numbers

Please phone the main North Devon District Hospital and you will be transferred to the ward.

01271 322577


Visiting times are from 11am to 8pm daily. If you require more flexibility outside the general visiting times, please contact the ward manager or shift coordinator directly.

The Trust supports Johns Campaign to enhance the care of our dementia patients. John’s Campaign supports the right of carers and family to stay with patients with dementia in hospital, if they wish to. For more information about this, please speak to the nurse in charge on the ward.

During protected mealtimes, visitors are not permitted, unless they are helping you to eat. This allows patients time to eat their meal without distraction. Protected mealtimes may vary slightly. Please check with the individual ward about times. Visiting outside of these times is at the discretions of the ward manager.

If you wish to be cared for by a member of staff of the same sex as you, please talk to a member of the ward team.

Ward Meal times

Ward Breakfast Service Lunch Service Evening Service Visiting Hours Allow visitors onto ward to assist with mealtime (Y/N)
Staples 0730 – 0830 1200-1300 1730-1830 1430-2000 Visitors only permitted on ward during mealtimes if a patient has a specific nutritional need that has been identified as requiring assistance with feeding.
Glossop 0745-0845 1200-1315 1730-1830 Open Visiting Yes
Victoria 0800-0845 1200-1245 1700-1830 1500-1700


Mealtimes are protected however if visitors are assisting a patient then they are permitted.
Fortescue 0800-0900 1200-1300 1700-1800 Open Visiting Yes. There is also a lunch club at 12.30 in Dining Room for Fortescue patients if they wish to attend.
Lundy 0745-0830 1200-1300 1700-1800 1430-2000 Visitors permitted if assisting with feeding.
Tarka 0800-0900 1200-1300 1700-1800 1430-1700


Yes if assisting with patient feeding.
Capener 0800-0900 1210-12.45 1700-1800 1430-2000 Yes if assisting with patient feeding.
ICU 0800-0830 1230-1300 1700-1730 Open visiting however after 11am preferred Yes if assisting with patient feeding if there are no issues with swallowing.
ASU 0800-0845 1215-1245 1715-1745 Open visiting Yes if assisting / encouraging patient feeding.
Alex 0745-0815 1200-1230 1700-1800 1400-1700


Yes if assisting with patient feeding.


0745-0830 1200-1300 1700-1800 Open visiting Yes – protected mealtimes not in operation due to nature of ward.
Caroline Thorpe


0815-0900 1200-1300 1700-1745 1300-1900 Parents permitted on the ward during the meal service.


If you wish to be cared for by a member of staff of the same sex as you, please talk to a member of the ward team.

Please also see – Delivering Same-Sex Accommodation