Hospital system asks the community for its help this flu season
Due to a rise in the number of community members with cold or flu-like symptoms visiting Palmetto Health hospitals, outpatient facilities and emergency rooms, Palmetto Health has initiated visitor restrictions for its facilities to prevent the spread of illness. These restrictions are in effect until further notice. Under the new restrictions:
“We really need our community to help us this flu season by following these restrictions. These have been initiated because the flu this year is very active. It’s impacting our entire health care community including all emergency rooms and outpatient care facilities. There are extremely long waits and an overflow of patients. We want to do everything that we can to assist those who are sick and prevent others from becoming sick,” said Steve Shelton, M.D., emergency room physician and Palmetto Health medical director of Emergency Management.
Shelton added, “These restrictions are just part of what we are doing to help care for our community during this heightened flu season. We also are looking for ways to increase capacity to care for more community members in addition to trying to find a way to see them more quickly. We are thankful to our community for their assistance as we get through this season.”
The community also is reminded of these simple tips to prevent the spread of flu:
Palmetto Health has several same day care options for those who need treatment for the flu. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org/SameDayCare.