Patient Care

Visitor Restrictions Aim to Stop Flu's Spread

Mar. 8, 2016

 As our community, like much of the country, grapples with high levels of flu activity, we're taking the following measures to limit its spread and best protect patients and staff at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital, and Wilmot Cancer Center:

- No visitors under the age of 14 are permitted in the hospital.

- No more than two visitors plus one care giver at any time for each patient.

- People who are ill with flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, sore throat, body aches) are asked not to visit hospitalized patients at all.

“Flu is sometimes a serious illness in someone who’s healthy, but it can be especially dangerous for hospitalized patients with underlying illnesses,” said Paul Graman, M.D., hospital epidemiologist and clinical director of the Infectious Diseases Division at Strong.  “During flu season we really need the community’s help in keeping influenza out of the hospital.”

These precautionary measures will go into effect at noon on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

Family members who have questions about visiting their loved one at these UR Medicine hospitals should speak with the patient’s nurse or call Strong Memorial Hospital’s Infection Prevention office at 585-275-7716.