Oct 28, 2009 -
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2009
ECHN Implementing Visitor Restrictions for
the protection of patients, Visitors, and staff
MANCHESTER, VERNON, TOLLAND, CONNECTICUT - Eastern Connecticut Health Network is implementing visitor restrictions at its two hospitals, Manchester Memorial and Rockville General, and at Woodlake at Tolland Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in an effort to protect patients/residents, visitors and employees from H1N1 and seasonal flu. Beginning Monday, November 2, 2009, anyone 18 and under, including siblings and family members, will be restricted from all areas of the hospital/facility unless being treated as a patient. The maternity areas will additionally limit visitors to immediate adult family members, including grandparents. The Mothers' Group and sibling classes will be suspended for the remainder of the flu season. As always, anyone who has any flu-like symptoms - even sniffles believed to be allergy-related - or who is recovering from an illness should not visit.
"ECHN is committed to ensuring the safety of our patients, visitors and staff during flu season and especially during this unusual flu season," says Deborah Parker, Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services. "We recognize that these temporary changes to our visitor policies may be inconvenient and disappointing to some, but they are in the best interest of everyone."
These restrictions may change as the spread of H1N1 and seasonal flu increases. Therefore, anyone planning to visit either hospital should check ECHN's website at www.echn.org for further advisories.