New rules for St. Joseph's/Candler and Memorial Health

From St. Joseph's/Candler:

St. Joseph's/Candler is asking for your help in protecting our patients from exposure to both Seasonal and H1N1 influenza by following these new rules and safeguards:

We request that you, as a patient, visitor, or family member comply with the following:

  • Do not come to St. Joseph's or Candler to visit any patient if you have any signs or symptoms of influenza.
  • Visitors are limited to two at a time and immediate family members only
  • Children under 18 will not be permitted to visit patients (including Telfair BirthPlace, Special Care Nursery, and The Children's Place pediatric unit)
  • Children under 18 may not wait for family in any waiting area

Symptoms can include any or all of the following:

  • Fever (100 or more) Cough
  • Sore throat Muscle/joint/body aches
  • Headache Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

From Memorial Health:

To protect patients, visitors, and Team Members during flu season, Memorial Health is modifying some of its visitation policies. Visitors should refrain from visiting any patient care areas if they feel sick or think they may be catching something.  

Visitors at Backus Children's Hospital and the neonatal units should observe the following guidelines:

  • Only visitors over the age of 18 may visit the inpatient pediatric or neonatal areas.
  • Limited visits from younger siblings for special circumstances may be arranged in advance. Talk to your child's nurse to arrange a special visit.
  • No more than two visitors per patient should be in the rooms at any time.
  • All visitors should be healthy. No family members, friends, volunteers, vendors, clergy, students, or contractors with flu-like symptoms will be permitted in the patient rooms. Flu-like symptoms include fever, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, or upset stomach.
  • If there is a chance that you could be coming down with something, please don't visit until you are certain you are well again.
  • In general, only children receiving treatment should be brought to MUMC. Please try to find alternate care for siblings so that they do not have to come to the hospital unnecessarily. This also applies to our Day Surgery area and our Outpatient Center.
  • Please wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting a patient's room or any other areas around the hospital.

If you have specific questions about our restricted visiting policy, please call 912-350-8200.
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