Hospital wards across the NHS are breaking recommended noise limits, disturbing patients' sleep, well-being and recovery, experts say.
Two separate studies found the din of chattering visitors and loud mobile phones pushed noise levels well over recommended limits.
The World Health Organization says patients should not be exposed to noise above 35 decibels or a loud whisper.
But the UK researchers frequently recorded levels of 60dB to 90bB.
Researchers at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, found noise levels on an average general medical ward exceeded 60dB most of the time, even at night.
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