SJMH Implements New Visitation Policy Due to Flu Outbreak

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Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital will implement temporary changes in its visitation policy to protect patients and healthcare workers during the flu season.

The hospital will not allow people with flu-like symptoms or anyone less than 12 years of age to visit patients. The number of inpatient visitors has been limited to two people at a time. Emergency Department patients are discouraged from having visitors. If visitation is necessary, it will be limited to one person at a time.

  Patients with the flu are placed in rooms, which have droplet precautions and visitors must follow the guidance for personal protective equipment and hand hygiene that is posted on the door. All visitors must adhere to good hand washing procedure when entering and leaving the patient rooms.

  In the OB Department visitors will be limited to the father or significant other or coach and grandparents of the newborn. The staff of the SJMH Special Delivery Birthing Unit understand that having a new baby is an enjoyable and rewarding time that everyone wants to share in, but the safety and health of both mother and infant is the SJMH staff’s top priority.

   By limiting the number of visitors to our facility the risk of infection will be decreased during this heightened flu season. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation in our endeavor to keep our community healthy.

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