As flu and gastroenteritis seasons begin, Shore Health System will maintain the same visitation limits that were put in place when the H1N1 flu arrived in the community last fall.
Symptoms of flu include fever of 100 degrees or higher, and either a cough, sore throat or runny nose. Symptoms of gastroenteritis include fever, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
General visiting hours at The Memorial Hospital at Easton and Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge remain at 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.
• At Memorial Hospital and Dorchester General Hospital, inpatient visitors are strictly limited to only two adults per patient. No one under 18 years of age may visit patients or visit elsewhere in the hospitals, including the lobbies and the reception and waiting areas. These visiting restrictions and even stricter rules apply at Memorial Hospital in the Birthing Center and in the pediatrics unit, where risks of influenza are significant to mothers, newborns and young children.
• Children under the age of 18 will not be permitted to visit in the hospitals or any outpatient facilities unless they are coming for treatment. Shore Health System reminds adults to make child care arrangements for children under 18 so they are not accompanying adults who come to the hospitals or other facilities for testing, surgeries, therapy or patient visits.
• Visitors should ask themselves whether they really need to visit a hospitalized patient during flu and gastroenteritis season. People who are ill should not visit patients in the hospital and should call in advance before arriving for their own scheduled appointments for testing or treatment.
• As always, visitors must follow any special precautions that are posted. These precautions may require that visitors wear protective items including gloves, gowns or masks before entering patient rooms. Signs are posted at the doors to patient rooms when these isolation precautions are in effect.
• All visitors must wash their hands before and after visiting a patient. All patient rooms are equipped with alcohol hand sanitizer pumps and hand sanitizer is available throughout the hospitals and at all Shore Health System facilities.