Flu Threat Affects Hospital Visits Policy

“Every Virginian wants to maximize safety for hospitalized patients.” So says Virginia’s Health Commissioner, Karen Remley, MD. That’s why she has urged all Virginia hospitals to adopt an “Adults 18+ Only” visiting policy.

All 18 hospitals in Hampton Roads, including the three Bon Secours facilities – DePaul Medical Center, Mary Immaculate Hospital and Maryview Medical Center – are cooperating with the requested policy change. Effective today, Thursday, October 15, families are being asked not to bring young visitors to the hospital.

The visitation measures will be in place until the combined threat of the H1N1 and seasonal flu viruses has passed.

The policy applies only to visitors. Children and young people needing medical care will be cared for as they always have been.

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