The Chester River Health System has changed the hospital’s visitation rules in an effort to help prevent the spread of seasonal and H1N1 flu. The 2009-2010 flu season runs from October 1 through April 30, 2010. Only two visitors will be allowed to visit a patient at any one time at Chester River Hospital Center. No children under the age of 18 will be permitted to visit any patient unless he or she is a parent of a child in the hospital or has a family member with a severe illness in the hospital. Exceptions may be made by the nurse manager or administrative supervisor in consultation with the staff caring for the patient. Visitors should make childcare arrangements for children under the age of 18 when planning to visit a patient. Visiting hours will be limited on all inpatient units to noon to 1pm, 3 to 4pm, and 7 to 8pm.
Visitors should keep other precautions in mind. Visitors should refrain from visiting if they have any symptoms of illness, including but not limited to a fever greater than 100 F, cough, sore throat, runny nose or sneezing, nausea, vomiting, eye infection, open skin rash or wound. Visitors are encouraged to use hand sanitizers available throughout the hospital. When visiting patients, visitors should wash hands frequently before and after the visit. As an additional precaution, masks are available for all visitors. Visitors may be requested to limit their visitation frequency or duration based on identified patient needs such as requests for privacy and medical or social limitations. These guidelines are subject to change throughout the course of flu season.
“We know that this is a very challenging flu season for the communities we serve, and we are trying our best to protect the health and safety of our patients, the community and our employees,” said Julie Vallecillo, marketing and public relations director at Chester River Health System. “That is why it was important to make temporary changes to our visitation policy for the 2009-2010 flu season.” For more information, call the corporate communications department at 410-778-7654 or e-mail jvallecillochesterriverhealth.org.