Visiting friends and relatives

We try to have a flexible approach for people wanting to visit their friends and relatives in hospital.

Visiting hours

Visiting times vary from ward to ward. All wards have a rest period when visiting is restricted. It may also be necessary to restrict the number of visitors around a bed at any one time.

Please speak to staff on the ward to confirm visiting times.

Things to bear in mind

There are occasions when patients are particularly unwell and need to rest.

We ask that when visiting a patient, you are sensitive to the needs of other patients and respond to any requests made to you by ward staff.

There may be other areas in the hospital where your visit can take place. If this is something you are interested in, please ask a member of staff.


The Royal Marsden has a small number of rooms for patients and relatives near its Chelsea and Sutton hospitals. Because of the limited capacity available, patients and relatives must meet certain criteria to qualify for this accommodation. To enquire about criteria, tariffs and room availability please contact the relevant Facilities Team Office on:

  • Chelsea: 020 7808 2719 or 020 7808 2011
  • Sutton: 020 8661 3395 or 020 8661 3396

We also have a list of hotels near to our hospitals. For a copy of this list, please contact the Facilities Team Office.