WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Officials with New Hanover Regional Medical Center have issued flu-related visitor restrictions in an effort to keep the illness from spreading within hospital facilities and the community.
The hospital is asking those in the community who have flu-related symptoms to refrain from visiting patients as well as not bring children age 12 or under to any NHRMC or Pender Memorial Hospital facility unless it’s for the child’s treatment.
“The risk of spreading flu among children is high,” said Paul Kamitsuka, NHRMC’s hospital epidemiologist. “Often children can be contagious before flu symptoms appear. By restricting children during this heightened time, we can help protect them and prevent the spread of flu among vulnerable patients.”
Children who come to an NHRMC hospital will be asked to wear a mask. Masks are also given to those with flu-like symptoms who come seeking care.
“We know visits are important to families, but safety must be the top concern," said Kamitsuka. “We appreciate the community’s support in protecting our patients and children.”
The care teams at NHRMC suggest that if you have flu symptoms and you want to visit a patient, call, use FaceTime or Skype, or send a note or card instead.