Maternity Unit tweaks visiting hours
22 December 2017
Rockhampton Hospital has slightly changed its Maternity Unit visiting hours from 1 January 2018 following feedback from families.
Maternity Unit Manager Meg Williams said 100 women had been surveyed about visiting hours, and most said they’d like a rest period during the day.
“Our visiting hours run from 8am to 8pm every day, and from 1 January 2018 we’ll introduce a rest period from 1pm to 3pm, to allow our new mums some quiet time for a well-deserved rest,” she said.
“Each mum will be able to have one support person stay with them during the rest period to take care of their baby while they sleep.
“We ask families with other children visiting the Maternity Unit to please leave during this two-hour period every day to enable all of our new mothers to take an afternoon break and rest up for their busy time ahead with a newborn,” Ms Williams said.
This new rest period will be trialled for three months, and mums will be surveyed during the trial to test its success.
Rockhampton Hospital Maternity Unit is trialling new visiting hours to allow new mums like Jenna Duncan have a quiet rest time every afternoon. Jenna is pictured with her partner Ash Bryant and their gorgeous newborn twins Archie and Hallie, and midwife Sasha Keppie.