Success for 24/7 visiting hours

Scrapping strict hospital visiting hours in favour of around-the-clock access benefits patients and doesn't disrupt clinical staff, a US study shows.

An open visitation program at a New Jersey tertiary hospital and rehabilitation facility has received unanimous support from nursing managers, all of whom said it had had a "positive or very positive impact" on patients' hospital experiences, an evaluation has found.

In the first eight months of the program,