Vidant Health values family presence when loved ones are in the hospital.
“At the same time, we are responsible for protecting patients from being exposed to viruses such as the flu,” the healthcare system said in a statement. “Due to the high number of people with the flu in our community, we are temporarily changing our family presence and visitation practices for patient safety as well as the safety of visitors.”
Starting Thursday, all Vidant hospitals, including Halifax Regional, will only welcome visitors who are 12 years of age and older, who are not exhibiting symptoms of a cold or flu, diarrhea, vomiting or headaches.
Please note healthy children under the age of 12 may visit their healthy newborn sibling. Additional exceptions will be made in special circumstances — or with prior approval from the patient’s health care team.
To prevent the spread of viruses, health experts recommend:
- ·Washing hands frequently
- ·Keeping children home from school when sick
- ·Not sharing cups or utensils
- ·Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze
As always, family and visitors of any age should not come to the hospital if they have symptoms of a cold or flu, fever, diarrhea, vomiting or headaches.
This precaution will help limit the spread of infections while protecting hospital patients, their loved ones and Vidant Health team members. “These limitations are temporary and will be lifted as soon as viral respiratory illnesses decrease in the community.”
Additional information on visiting Vidant hospitals during flu season can be found here: www.vidanthealth.com/visitingvidant