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Wards and visiting times

The direct dial telephone numbers and visiting times for all wards are listed below.  Whilst we try to ensure that the published visiting times are correct, it is always advisable to confirm them with the ward staff.

Strictly 2 visitors per patient are permitted. Our patients always come first and we ask that you respect all patients' privacy, dignity and need to rest. If more than 2 visitors would like to visit please stagger your attendances.

If a visitors is not assisting during personal care or at mealtimes please can we ask that you vacate the ward whilst this is taking place. If you are assisting, then we are happy for you to stay and help your loved one.


Visiting outside the specified hours is at the discretion of the Ward Managers (Matrons/Senior Sisters) and arrangements would need to be made in advance.  If a relative or friend, with the patients agreement, would like to speak to a doctor about a patients care or treatment, please ask the patients nurse to arrange an appointment. 

Darent Valley Hospital

 Ward  Level    Specialty  Telephone Visiting times Flowers
Antenatal Clinic (Sapling)  3 Antenatal appointments & tests 01322 428190 Monday - Friday (some evenings) from 9am - 4.30pm. By appointment only
Pregnancy blood tests: 9am - 4.30pm (no appointment necessary)
No

Aspen

 3

Postnatal Ward

01322 428667
 01322 428930   

Open visiting for partners

Visitors (incl grandparents)

2pm - 8pm (max 2 visitors at a time)

Patients own children: 9am to 9pm 

(no other children allowed)

Yes
Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU)  3 The unit sees patients who are referred via GP or specialist doctors  01322 424846 9am - 5pm  No

Beech

 3

General Medicine/ Nephrology

01322 428670

11am - 8pm with protected meal times 1pm - 2pm & 5pm - 6pm

Yes
Birth Centre  3 Midwifery Lead Birthing Unit 01322 428100 ext 4925 While in labour open visiting for 2 nominated birthing partners. Grandparents are welcome to meet their grandchild following arrival.
For postnatal mothers - open visiting for partners. All other visitors (including grandparents) 2pm - 9pm. Max 2 visitors at one time.
Patients own children: 9am to 9pm 
(no other children allowed)
 No

Cedar

 3

Antenatal and Postnatal 

01322 428671

Open visiting for partners

Other visitors (incl grandparents)

2pm - 8pm (max 2 visitors at a time)

Patients own children: 9am to 9pm

(no other children allowed)

Yes

Cherry

 3

Orthopaedic - Elective

01322 428875

9am - 8pm  

Yes

Chestnut 

 3 

Cardiac

01322 428681 or 428955

10am - 8pm with protected meal times 1pm - 2pm & 5pm - 6pm

Yes

Clinical Decision Unit  (CDU)

 3

Clinical decision 

01322 428701

12 - 7pm (you may visit outside these hours but please contact the ward)

No

Day Care 

 2 

Day Care Surgery

 01322 428265

2pm - 5pm and 6pm - 8pm with protected meal times from 5pm - 6pm

No

Delivery Suite 

 3

Delivery rooms plus Obstetric Theatres & 2 bedded Recovery Rooms

01322 428100 ext 4313 or 4316

Open visiting for nominated birthing partners (max 2). Grandparents are welcome to meet their grandchild following arrival.

NO OTHER VISITORS   

No

Ebony 

 2 

Older people 

01322 428676

11am - 8pm

With protected meal times 1pm - 2pm & 5pm - 6pm

Yes
Fetal Assessment Unit (FAU)  
3
Assessment, tests, fetal monitoring, referrals by Community Midwives 01322 428100 ext 4628 Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm.
Normally by appointment only.
 No

Intensive Care Unit (ITU) 

 3 

Intensive Care 

01322 428404

2pm - 7pm 

12 noon - 5pm (weekends)

No

Juniper 

 3 

General Surgery 

01322 428679

9am - 8pm 

Yes

Laurel 

 3 

Hyper-Acute Unit

01322 428100

 Ext 8981

2pm - 4pm & 5pm - 7pm 

No

Linden 

 3 

Diabetes / General Medicine

01322 428783

10am - 8pm 

With protected meal times 1pm - 2pm & 5pm - 6pm

Yes

Maple

 3 

Orthopaedic - Trauma

01322 428684

9am - 8pm 

Yes
Maternity Assessment Unit (MAU) (Tambootie)
 3 
Antenatal tests and telephone helpline 01322 428278 / 428280 Open 24/7 but visitors without an appointment should call before attending.  
No

Mulberry 

 2 

Gynae and EPU

01322 428940

10am - 8pm 
With protected meal times 1pm - 2pm & 5pm - 6pm

Yes

Oak 

 3 

Gastroenterology
General Medicine  

01322 428688 

2pm - 4pm & 6pm - 8pm 

Yes

Palm 

 3 

Respiratory 

01322 428691 

11am - 8pm 
With protected meal times 1pm - 2pm & 5pm - 6pm

No

Redwood 

 2 

Urology

01322 428578 / 8577 or ext 6761

10am - 8pm 

With protected meal times 1pm - 2pm & 5pm - 6pm.

Yes

Rosewood 

 2 

Oncology
Haematology
General Medicine 

01322 428693 

10am - 8pm 

With protected meal times 1pm - 2pm & 5pm - 6pm.

No

Rowan 

 3 

General Surgery 

01322 428695

9am - 8pm 

Yes

Spruce 

 2 

Acute Stroke and Rehabilitation

01322 428105 
   

3pm - 5pm & 6pm - 8pm

No

Walnut 

 3 

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

01322 428795 

 

Parents & siblings: Open visiting

Others visitors (2 per day and over 16): 4.30pm - 6.30pm

No
 Willow  1 Paediatrics 01322 428702

Open visiting (parents only)

2pm - 5pm & 6pm - 9pm (no under 16's unless patient's siblings)

2 visitors per bed / cot

Yes


  • The Kings Renal Unit is located in the Jasmine Unit next to Darent Valley Hospital, telephone 01322 438861 (holiday dialysis 0203 299 6491).
  • The Jasmine Ward / Unit located next to Darent Valley Hospital is run by Kent and Medway NHS and Social Partnership Trust, telephone 01322 421289.

Queen Mary's Hospital 

Avery Hill Ward (Day Cases) - no visitors (unless collecting a patient)

Mottingham Ward (Surgical Admissions Lounge) - patients may be accompanied prior to surgery

Elm Court

2pm - 4pm and 6pm - 8pm.


Flu / diarrhoea and vomiting

We advise people who are suffering from flu or flu-like symptoms not to come to the hospital to visit patients or Accident and Emergency,  as you risk spreading the virus to vulnerable people in the Hospital.  Please stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and take over the counter remedies to relieve the symptoms. If you are pregnant, if your symptoms or your child’s symptoms suddenly get worse, or if you have a serious existing illness, please call your GP in the first instance. Further advice on what to do if you have flu-like symptoms can be found at: www.nhs.uk or by calling NHS Direct on: 0845 46 47.

 

If you have had diarrhoea and vomiting in the last 48 hours, please do not visit the hospital. If you are coming into the hospital remember to always wash your hands and use the hand gel provided at all entrances when entering and leaving the wards.