Visitors Policy Changes at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

Health Kent, MD

(Chester River Health Foundation)

We are in the midst of a severe influenza (“flu”) season and activity is high across the region and the United States. Shore Regional Health is seeing increased admissions and Emergency Department visits for influenza like illness (ILI).

Because our top priority is the health and safety of our patients, staff, visitors and the community, a modified visitors policy will be implemented beginning Thursday, February 1, 2018 and will remain in effect until further notice.

* Visitors are discouraged except for immediate family, significant others and those necessary for a patient’s emotional well-being. Special exceptions can be made, for instance – in end of life situations. Please contact the patient’s nurse.

* No one under the age of 18 will be permitted to visit patients in the hospital unless the individual is a parent of a patient. Please contact the patient’s nurse for “compassionate care” exceptions.

* Only two (2) adult visitors will be allowed per patient at a time.

* Visitors who have flu-like symptoms (including fever, runny nose, cough or sore throat) or gastrointestinal illness will not be permitted to visit patients in the hospital.

* Visitors who have recently had a respiratory illness, diarrhea or vomiting should refrain from visiting.

* Persons with physician appointments are asked not to bring children under the age of 18 to the hospital unless the appointment is for the child.

* Tissues and hand sanitizer will be provided in all waiting areas.

As of January 1, 2018, all people entering the hospital are being asked if they are visiting a patient. If so, they are being asked to wear a yellow-colored wrist band. This identification procedure was implemented for safety and security reasons. We very much appreciate your cooperation!

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