In an effort to reduce possible flu exposure to patients, staff, and visitors, Frye Regional Medical Center announced today that it is asking visitors be conservative with the length of their visits and be mindful of the number of family and friends visiting a patient at one time.
“Our administrators, physicians and staff are in constant contact with infectious disease specialists and the public health department while monitoring the H1N1 flu in our area,” said Chief Operating Officer Rich Ellis.
Until further notice, Frye asks that those who have flu-like symptoms refrain from visiting and that those who do visit please be at least 14 years of age or older. Also, since pregnant women are at higher risk of developing complications from H1N1 flu, Frye Regional Medical Center requests that these visits be limited.
“While patients in our intensive care units are also at higher risk for complications from respiratory illnesses, we understand the need for family members to visit with loved ones on these units. We will work closely with families on a case-by-case basis and provide appropriate precautionary measures,” added Ellis.
Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout Frye, and personal protective equipment is available if needed. Frye appreciates the cooperation of its visitors during these temporary restrictions this flu season. For more information log onto www.fryemedctr.com, www.cdc.gov or call 828-315-3391.