In response to the potential H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) pandemic, Children's Hospital Central California has now implemented visitor restrictions. The restrictions will be similar to the hospital’s winter cold and flu season policy, which restricts visitors ages 12 and under from entering inpatient units, but will now apply to the entire hospital. In addition, only two primary care givers will be allowed to be with each patient at any time. These restrictions are in place as a precaution to protect patients, visitors, staff, physicians and volunteers.
Similar to cold and flu season, security personnel will screen visitors at the hospital entry points. The security staff will ask patients and visitors if they are experiencing a fever, cough, or sore throat. If they have any of these symptoms a mask and hand gel will be provided to the visitor.
Children’s Hospital expects additional patient family members may come to the hospital before they received this information. In anticipation of this, the cafeteria will be utilized as an approved area for those family members to sit and wait. Patients will not be allowed to go to the cafeteria during this restriction, nor outside of the hospital with family members.
Children’s Hospital wants to emphasize that this policy is only temporary, and is for the protection of everyone who visits the hospital.