UK Hospital changes visitation policy due to flu

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - UK HealthCare is changing its hospital visitation policy to help protect patients and workers during an active flu season.

"Due to an increasing number of flu cases in Kentucky, UK HealthCare will be instituting these procedures designed to help protect patients, visitors and staff from exposure to the flu and are in effect at all UK HealthCare inpatient units including University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Eastern State Hospital," said Dr. Derek Forster, medical director for infection prevention and control at UK HealthCare.

The measures include:

• No visitors under the age of 12 (except in Bone Marrow Transplant where no visitors under the age of 18).
• No visitors with any symptoms of flu-like illness.
• Only two visitors will be permitted in a patient’s room at one time.
• Visitors may be issued masks or other protective clothing for use when visiting.
• Additional restrictions may be in place in special care units such as women's and children’s units, critical care and oncology units.
• Compassionate visitation exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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