We know that coming to hospital can be a worrying time. At Bradford Teaching Hospitals we aim to first diagnose the problem, and then give you the best possible treatment.

To help you prepare for your stay as an inpatient, we have put together the following information in three sections. The pages here also contain directions on how to manage your appointment, car parking, what to bring with you and where to go.

You can also find information on our visiting hours, which vary ward by ward.

Please note: Visitors to Bradford Teaching Hospitals under exceptional circumstances and people attending all our sites must wear a face mask at all times to protect them and others from coronavirus from Monday, 15 June, 2020. The new legislation applies to all our hospitals – BRI, St Luke’s, Westbourne Green and Westwood Park. It is important masks and face coverings are worn safely. For more information on fitting them correctly, please watch this short video from the World Health Organisation: https://youtu.be/adB8RW4I3o4.

If you feel there is information missing from these pages, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us by email at websitefeedback@bthft.nhs.uk


Your admission date

If you need to change your admission date, please contact us as soon as possible and we will try to arrange a date that is convenient for you. Your admission letter should give a contact for number for your enquiries. If you are still unsure which number to call, please call the switchboard on 01274 542200 and they will put you through to the correct ward.

We have introduced Covid-19 swabbing tests for some patients. All patients will be informed by letter or phone whether they need a COVID-19 swab test when their hospital appointments are arranged. For more information on what happens at our drive-through swabbing unit, which is located at St Luke’s Hospital, please watch this short video.

Please make sure you read your admission letter carefully, and ensure you follow any instructions about eating or drinking on the day of your admission. Failure to do so may result in your treatment being delayed or postponed.

Visitors should use the pay-and-display areas provided at each hospital site. Please bring loose change for the ticket machine. If you are a blue badge holder, you may park for free in the disabled or pay-and-display areas if your badge is clearly displayed.

Concessionary car parking permits are available if you are an inpatient for more than seven days or you regularly attend the hospital. Your nearest relative or friend can apply for this concession after visiting the hospital for more than seven days.

Patients whose treatment requires them to make repeated attendance at a clinic or ward also qualify for a concession. Please ask staff for details.

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If you need help to find the admissions area or your ward when you arrive, please ask for help at the enquiry desk in the main reception. Our enquiry desks are open:

  • Bradford Royal Infirmary: 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • St Luke’s Hospital: 7.30am – 4pm daily.

We understand that being in hospital may be a new and strange experience for you. Our Patients’ and Carers’ Guide is designed to help you prepare for your stay.

If you have any questions that remain unanswered about any aspects of your stay or treatment, then the nurse in charge or a doctor or nurse involved in your care will be happy to help.

Discharge plan

To ensure your stay in hospital is no longer than necessary, plans for your discharge are made as early as possible. You should be given a provisional discharge date within 24 hours of admission.

Your discharge plan
Your nurse will be responsible for arranging your discharge plan. If you have any questions about your discharge plan please see your nurse or ward sister.

Your leaving hospital checklist
When you are ready to be discharged your nurse should make sure you have:

• A copy of the GP letter
• All the medications you need with information on usage and storage
• Information on details of care needed from other health professionals
• Information about potential lifestyle changes with appropriate advice
• Contact numbers if you have any further questions or concerns.

You may also need to:

• Give administration staff a forwarding address
• Collect any money or valuables you have handed in
• Return any hospital equipment you no longer need.

Open and honest care
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of a number of NHS organisations who want to be open and honest with patients. This is how a modern NHS trust should be – open and accountable to the public and patients and always driving forward improvements in care.

We want to make sure that you can access information about the quality of care that we provide. Being open, honest and answerable to the public and our patients will help us make improvements to our care services. The NHS Open and Honest Care programme helps us to do this by providing you with a wide range of information about our services.

As a member of the Open and Honest Care: Driving Improvement programme, we continue to work with patients and staff to provide open and honest care, and through implementing quality improvements, further reduce the harm that patients very occasionally experience when they are in our care.

We have made a commitment to publish patient outcomes, as well as patient experience and staff experience measures so that patients and the public can see how we are performing.

Each month we work with other care providers to share what we have learned and to use this information to identify where changes can be made to improve care.

John's Campaign

John’s Campaign campaigns for extended visiting rights for the family carers of patients with dementia in hospitals throughout the UK, and was founded on 30 November, 2014 by the writers Nicci Gerrard and Julia Jones.

In February 2014 Dr John Gerrard, aged 86, spent five weeks in hospital. He had Alzheimer’s Disease and his family’s visiting time was severely restricted because of a combination of normal visiting hours and an infectious outbreak. His condition deteriorated dramatically while he was in hospital; having previously been living well with Alzheimer’s he became ‘skeletal, incontinent, immobile, and incoherent’ and needed 24-hour care. He died in November 2014.

His family believe that the lack of contact with familiar people and of the individual attention they would have given him contributed significantly to his deterioration. In November 2014, after her father’s death, Nicci Gerrard wrote a well-received newspaper article on the subject. An edition of the newspaper printed a week later subsequently featured several supportive letters and the campaign developed thereafter.

In March 2016 it was announced that the campaign had been endorsed by the NHS.

Support for carers
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT) recognises that carers have a unique understanding of the needs of a person in their care. All decisions we take about care from diagnosis to the end of life will be guided by what our patients want, working together with their families and carers.

What does this mean for carers?

Following assessment and where deemed appropriate, BTHFT offers open access visiting to support carers who wish to stay with the person they care for. This includes the option of staying overnight. Facilities to support this will vary across the organisation, however we will make attempts for this to happen in all areas.

Wards 29 and 31 have a shared facility for carers who wish to stay overnight. It offers a quiet space for carers away from the ward with refreshment facilities.

Please note: COVID-19 is on the increase nationally and like all NHS trusts, Bradford Teaching Hospitals is seeing an increase of pressure on services. The Trust is doing everything possible to keep patients and visitors safe. We have reviewed our visiting guidelines and have made the decision to keep the following restrictions in place:

Inpatients in our hospitals for over 21 days
Visiting  for inpatients who have been in our hospitals for more than 21 days is allowed for one hour by one dedicated visitor for two visits a week on most wards. Some wards will remain fully restricted to protect our patients and visitors. Clinical areas will contact visitors to organise these visits.

Please do not visit unless this has been agreed with the clinical area – every visitor will have to undergo a risk assessment.

Paediatric wards
Two parents or carers can swap in and out for visits/stays.

Labour Ward and Birth Centre
Birth partners can stay for the duration of labour. This person is not interchangeable. M3 and M4 patients can make one-hour visits at a pre-arranged times between 1-5pm, except on the day of discharge, from one dedicated person, the birth partner.

Prenatal scans
Women will be allowed to have one adult with them for the first dating ultrasound at around 12 weeks. This person must be the birthing partner or from the same household or bubble.

AED department supportive visits
One visitor will be allowed to be present where a patient is being treated in the resuscitation area or High Dependency Unit of the Accident and Emergency department.

The Trust will continue to support end-of-life visits, difficult conversation support, and support carers to attend where the patient needs physical or cognitive support – with restrictions in place on the length of visit and the number of visitors allowed. The Trust has put in place a number of resources to support family members unable to visit patients:

  • Our Relatives’ Telephone Information Line takes calls for some of our wards. Please contact the ward or relatives’ line to see if the clinical area in question is using this service. Please call 01274 272747 from 10:15am to 5:30pm
  • Thinking of you is a dedicated email address for loved ones to send letters via email to our patients: ThinkingOfYou@bthft.nhs.uk
  • Many wards have video calling in place and may be able to assist with video calls where there is no visiting

Please note: Visitors to Bradford Teaching Hospitals under exceptional circumstances and people attending outpatients’ appointments must now wear a face mask at all times to protect them and others from coronavirus. It is important masks and face coverings are worn safely.

Anyone showing any symptoms of coronavirus should not visit. If you are in a high risk category i.e. you have an underlying health condition that puts you at risk of COVID-19, you should also not visit. For more information on our current visiting policy, please click here.

Involvement in care decisions and planning
Carers provide vital supporting to our patients who have a dementia, and we recognise the expertise and value they bring to patients’ care and treatment. We will strive to address both the needs of the patient and carer during the time a patient with dementia is in our care.

Carers will be encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns they identify with the ward team.

Carer stress

  • Carers will be provided with information and advice so that they can make informed choices about how they can access support
  • Staff are trained to listen, advise and provide sensitive, informal emotional support
  • Staff can refer carers to community support services for information and advice on being a carer, including any entitled benefits.
  • Staff will support carers who wish to take respite following an admission of the person they care for.


  • Carers will be given the opportunity to discuss and be involved in decisions made around discharge
  • Working closely with community services we will, where possible, ensure that all needs of the patients and carers are met prior to discharge

How will I ensure this will happen?

  • Carers are encouraged to discuss their needs and expectations on admission and at regular intervals when appropriate
  • BTHFT has a shared care record where details of carer discussions and plans of care can be recorded
  • Carers will be provided with a carer’s passport on identification. It gives carers agreed access to the ward, which can be shown to staff if needed.

Further Information

  • At BTHFT we have a separate Dementia Strategy which can provide you with more detailed information on our promise to improve care and experience for people living with a dementia
  • John’s Campaign also has an external website.
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