SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Memorial Health is changing its visitor policy to better protect patients during this year's flu season.
People who have cold or flu-like symptoms are asked to not come to the hospital and will not be allowed to enter patient rooms at the hospital. Those symptoms include fever, coughing, sneezing, sore throat or upset stomach.
This is to help keep the virus away from those who are already sick or in hospital care.
"Quite frankly, the flu can be a serious threat to the young, the old, those with compromised immune systems. We certainly see deaths every year from influenza," said Raymon Meguiar, the chief medical officer at Memorial Health.
For those under 18 who want to visit patients in the hospital, you need to call ahead and make special arrangements.
Also, no more than two family members are allowed in a patient's room at any time.
Beginning January 24, MUMC will implement the following guidelines:
- Individuals who are experiencing cold symptoms should not enter any patient care areas at MUMC. All family members and friends should be healthy. No one with flu-like symptoms will be permitted in patient rooms. Flu-like symptoms include fever, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, or upset stomach.
- If you are not experiencing cold symptoms, family and friends over age 18 are welcome in the patient care areas at MUMC.
- Family and friends under age 18 should not enter any patient care areas at MUMC unless special arrangements have been made in advance. To make these arrangements, please talk to your nurse.
- Please have no more than two family members and friends per patient in the room at any time.
- Family members and friends should wash their hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting a patient’s room or patient care area.
- To reduce the spread of influenza, it is recommended that individuals receive a flu vaccine.