Hospital Bans Flowers
Flowers are out at the Dorset County Hospital where bouquets are being banned from Monday.
Any flowers delivered to the flagship hospital in Dorchester will be refused or relatives will be asked to take them away.
Director of nursing Alison Tong said the ban covers all wards.
She said: "There is evidence to show that flowers in vases that are not effectively maintained can pose an infection risk, so it is for this reason that we have decided that flowers will no longer be accepted on our wards.
"Patient feedback tells us that people prefer to receive flowers when they are back home as it is difficult to transport flowers home after a stay in hospital."
She said getting rid of vases of flowers also made it easier for staff to keep wards clean and tidy.