Helen Newberry Joy Hospital Sets Visitor Restrictions

As the number of flu cases is increasing, Helen Newberry Joy Hospital is taking added precautions to protect its patients, families, staff members and community from unnecessary exposure to influenza.

Effective Thursday, January 11th, HNJH has implemented these temporary visitation restrictions:

 No visitors with influenza-like illness, fever or cough.
 Only 2 visitors at a time.

If you choose to visit, we ask that you wear a mask provided by the hospital and practice good hygiene by sanitizing or washing your hands frequently.

As we work to provide a safe environment for our patients and staff, we apologize for any inconvenience this visitation restriction may cause. We will continue to monitor conditions and remove the restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so.

If you have any questions, concerns or need to speak with a loved one, please call the Nurse’s Station at 293.9219 or you may ask to speak with our Infection Prevention Nurse, Lori Gelinas.

Looking at predictors such as the flu seasons in Australia and other parts of the world, many experts believe this may be a worse-than-average flu season. The good news is that scientists believe the strain of flu seen so far is included in this year’s flu vaccine.

HNJH encourages everyone over the age of six months to receive the flu vaccine to protect themselves and others from influenza. Talk to your primary care doctor today. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in.