you are visiting a friend or relative in the hospital, please read
the information below and to the right for practical advice
and important information concerning your responsibilities as a
Most ward visiting hours are 2pm-8pm but please check
with individual wards, as this can vary:
Finding your way around
Poole Hospital contains over 20 wards. Use the link above
to find out more information and directions to the ward you want to
visit, or click on the link below for a map of the hospital.
How to contact a patient in hospital
Each ward or department has their own direct dial number or you
can telephone the main hospital switchboard and ask to be put
through. Click here for our complete A-Z of wards, including contact
details. It would be very helpful if you could arrange
for one member of your family to act as the main contact person who
will keep the rest of your friends and family informed. Please let
us know if there is anyone you do not wish to be informed.
Public telephones are located around the hospital. There are
three pay telephones in the reception area of entrance 10. Other
pay telephones are situated in D block, the Diabetes Centre,
entrance 6 of the Philip Arnold Unit, emergency department,
maternity unit and on most wards.
The use of mobile phones is permitted in some wards - check our
A-Z of wards for more information. If mobile phone use is
permitted, we ask that patients use their phone with consideration
The Hospedia bedside entertainment system also includes
telephone facilities, allowing patients to make outgoing calls and
friends and relatives to contact them directly. Hospedia services
are available at a range of pricepoints - see above for more
We have a strict no smoking policy throughout the hospital and
within the hospital grounds.