News release from St. Joseph's/Candler:
St. Joseph's/Candler is encouraging those
who have flu-like symptoms to call their primary care physicians or the St.
Joseph's/Candler CareCall line before coming to the emergency department.
Most flu cases can be successfully treated without a trip to the emergency department. The St. Joseph's/Candler CareCall line is staffed by specially-trained registered nurses who can assess symptoms and make referrals.
CareCall is free and open from 9 a.m. to 9
p.m. Monday through Friday
Flu-like symptoms include:
Flu vaccines are still available at the St. Joseph's/Candler Health Promotion and Screening office for $25. Please call 912-355-8456 to set up an appointment.
Due to the rapidly increasing number of flu cases in our area, St. Joseph's Hospital and Candler Hospital are implementing visitor restrictions to protect patients, visitors and our co-workers.
Those under the age of 18 cannot visit patients in The Children's Place pediatric department, the Special Care Nursery and the Telfair BirthPlace, unless they are the primary caretaker. Special arrangements can be made with the nurse for siblings to visit.
Only children seeking treatment should come to the hospitals.
Patients can only receive two visitors at a time.
If you feel sick or have flu-like symptoms, do not visit patients in the hospitals.