More flexible visiting hours at Scottish hospitals are being piloted to enable friends and family to visit patients at more convenient times. Health Secretary Alex Neil said the pilot was "the first step towards making our NHS more 'user friendly' and giving patients what they want". The pilot is being launched at Dundee's Ninewells Hospital. NHS Tayside is one of five health boards participating in the pilot which will see visitors allowed nine hours of the day, instead of during shorter set windows. Mr Neil said: "By making visiting hours fit better with modern day working patterns, it will be easier for family and friends to visit patients, which in many cases will help to speed up recovery, as support from family and friends is a crucial part of the healing process.” It will also take some of the pressure off staff, as visitors will be spread out more throughout the day."