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 outpatients’ appointments MUST still wear a face mask at all times to protect themselves and others from coronavirus. Although the rules have been relaxed outside our hospitals, BTHFT staff are still wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines to protect patients, visitors and each other. Please follow their lead. It is important masks and face coverings are worn safely. For more information, please watch this short video.

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


Help us help you: if you are waiting for an operation or procedure
Coronavirus has had a huge impact on our lives and on your NHS. As a result we have had to take difficult decisions to postpone treatments and appointments so we can respond to the pandemic. We are now working hard to reintroduce services so that you can be seen in a safe, low risk environment. Due to the current waiting list that we are working through, we are inviting people based on clinical urgency – in other words those who are the sickest are being invited first. This means that, unfortunately, you may have to wait longer for your planned operation or procedure at this time. We will do our best to keep you updated on how soon we will be able to see you.

Looking after yourself
While you are waiting for an appointment, it’s important that you continue to look after yourself. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle includes eating well, keeping physically active, reducing your alcohol intake and not smoking. Keeping active could include just doing 10 minutes of walking every day or you can do chair based exercises. There are a number of online resources and information about local services available to support your physical and mental wellbeing at www.mylivingwell.co.uk.  If you do not have access to the internet but would like to know about what you can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst you wait for your procedure, please contact the Living Well Team on 01274 438884.

Looking after your mental health and emotional wellbeing
Looking after your mind is as important as looking after your body. It’s important that you get support if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or lonely. Sometimes it could be a case of just reaching out to someone you know and having a chat. We know that this doesn’t always work for everyone, so if you do feel like you need help remember there are services here to help you. If you need support please visit the Healthy Minds website, this includes links to services that help children and young people as well as support for adults

If you need urgent mental health support call First Response on 0800 952 1181

If you need urgent or emergency care
We want to reassure you that we are still here for you when you need urgent or emergency care. You must continue to seek medical care if you are seriously ill or injured. We will see you in a safe, low risk environment. If it not an emergency please help us help you by calling NHS 111 (available 24 hours a day) or use NHS 111 online www.111.nhs.uk. You will be guided to the right service that can help you when you need to be seen quickly but is not an emergency.

Changing 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.

COVID-19 swabbing tests
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.

Tips for hospital admission – advice to Muslim communities
The Muslim Council of Britain has shared some practical tips to support Muslim communities if a family member is admitted to hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors and parking
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:

Visiting Bradford Teaching Hospitals

We are doing everything possible to keep our patients and visitors safe. We have reviewed our visiting rules in light of the staged easing of the national lockdown, and the following restrictions are now in place:

Visiting  for inpatients in our hospitals for over 14 days will commence from March 29, 2021 on GREEN wards.

All other patients: we will only allow visits under the following exceptional circumstances:

Paediatric wards
Two parents or carers can swap in and out for visits/stays once every 24 hours.

Labour Ward and Birth Centre
A birth partner can stay for the duration of labour. This person is not interchangeable.

M3 patients and M4 patients can have one-hour visits at a pre-arranged time between 1-5pm (except on the day of discharge) from one dedicated person, the birth partner.

M4 patients who have been in hospital for more than three days can have two-hour visits at pre-arranged times (except on the day of discharge) from either one dedicated person (the birth partner) or one nominated person aged over 16.

Prenatal scans
Women are allowed to have one adult with them at all scans. This person should be the birthing partner or from the same household or bubble.

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

End-of-life supportive visits
Previously, if the patient was nearing the end of life, we allowed one-to-two visitors only. However, if the patient has children aged 16 or over, they may also visit, providing there are no more than two visitors at any one time.

BTHFT will continue to  support difficult conversations and allow 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/visitors 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 8:15am 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 when there is no visiting
  • We have a dedicated patient property team work who can accept and take belongings to inpatients from 7:30am to 6:30pm. Please see below for more information. Please do not bring in too much and hot, fresh or perishable foodstuffs are not permitted.

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Please note: Visitors to Bradford Teaching Hospitals under exceptional circumstances and people attending outpatients’ appointments MUST still wear a face mask at all times to protect themselves and others from coronavirus. Although the rules have been relaxed outside our hospitals, BTHFT staff are still wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines to protect patients, visitors and each other. Please follow their lead. It is important masks and face coverings are worn safely. For more information, please watch this short video.

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.