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Extended hospital visiting hours ‘not about a 24-hour, open-door policy’

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There are concerns among hospital professionals about the state government’s plan to extend hospital visiting hours.

Restrictions on when family and friends can see patients are being scrapped at three major Sydney hospitals with the state looking to get rid of visiting hours across the state.

Yesterday, NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord told Ben Fordham he fears the changes could disrupt other patients and cause security complications.

Today, Chief Executive of the Sydney Local Health District Dr Theresa Anderson, who supports the move, gives her response.

“This is about partnering with our patients and families on the care of their loved ones.

“It’s not about a 24-hour, open-door policy.”

She says it’s not about disrupting other patients, but instead about being “flexible” and planning visitor schedules ahead of time.

“We will plan in an upfront way with the patients and their families about what suits each individual patients.

“This is about if they need to come because of their home circumstances… that we make that available.”

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