Payson Regional Medical Center starts seasonal visitor restrictions
(PAYSON, Ariz. – February 7, 2011) According to state health agencies, Arizona has widespread flu activity. The Phoenix metro area hospitals are at or near capacity with patients, many of whom have flu-like symptoms.
Payson area physician offices have seen a sharp increase in seasonal influenza activity for the past two weeks. With the increase in flu cases, the administration of Payson Regional Medical Center, physician leadership, and the infection prevention office of the hospital have issued visitor restrictions for the hospital.
To prevent the spread of respiratory viruses to hospital patients effective immediately, until further notice, no visitors under age 12 will be allowed to visit (exceptions can be made at the director's discretion for critical or dying patients).
Additional restrictions are in place for all visitors who may be sick. The following are some helpful tips for area workers or those intending on coming to the hospital to visit a loved one.
If you have a fever and cough or sore throat, please go home, rest and take care of yourself. If circumstance requires your presence you must wear a mask.
Cover your cough and use frequent hand hygiene to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.
We appreciate your help in making our environment healthier for yourself, your loved ones and all of our patients, staff and visitors.
Payson Regional Medical Center is a 44-bed acute care hospital serving Payson and the communities along the Rim Country. In 2010, PRMC was recognized for the second time in four years as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals in the nation by Thomson Reuters, an independent business information and research firm. The hospital provides a full emergency department, surgery, diagnostic imaging, birthing center, clinical offices and other health care specialties. For more information about PRMC or to find a physician, go to www.paysonhospital.com.