Shore Health System Lifts Flu Season Visitor Restrictions

Shore Health System has lifted the visitation restrictions that were imposed during the flu season at The Memorial Hospital at Easton and Dorchester General Hospital.

General visiting hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Hours for pediatric and Birthing Center visitors are noon to 8:00 p.m. Children under the age of eight are not allowed to visit patients at any time unless special arrangements are made with the nursing staff. Children can come into the public areas of the hospitals as long as they are supervised by an adult.

When entering and leaving the hospital, all visitors are encouraged to use hand sanitizer that is available at the entrances of the hospitals and in every patient room. Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to avoid the spread of infection.

“As the H1N1 flu virus was spreading dramatically last fall, restrictions on visitors were an important intervention to protect our patients and employees,” explains Michael Tooke, MD, chief medical officer for Shore Health System. “Over the past several weeks, the number of H1N1 flu cases throughout the region has declined and more people are now vaccinated against the virus.”

For more information about the Shore Health System hospital visitation policy visit the Patients and Visitors page on www.shorehealth.org.

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