Set visiting hours at NHS Grampian hospitals to end
Visiting hours at NHS Grampian's hospitals are to be changed to a more flexible arrangement.
Rather than having visiting hours at set times, patients will be able to ask to be visited at times that they feel better suit them.
The health board has described the move as "the biggest shake-up in a generation" of hospital visiting hours.
Called Welcome Wards, the initiative was trialled in a geriatric ward at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
The board of NHS Grampian has agreed that it be rolled out to other wards and sites.
The health board said there may still be times when a patient's family and friends might be asked to visit at another time.
However, it hopes the new arrangement to be introduced in June will benefit more than 100,000 people it sees each year.