Starting today, restrictions on patient visitation go into effect place in hospitals across the Central Virginia area, including Sheltering Arms’ inpatient hospitals at Memorial Regional Medical Center and St. Francis Medical Center. The new rules, put into place due to the H1N1 influenza outbreak, restrict visitors under 18 years old or who are exhibiting flu-like symptoms from entering patient care areas. These restrictions are expected to continue until spring, 2010. More details on who is covered under the restrictions can be found in this Richmond Times-Dispatch article.
Sheltering Arms understands that family support is critical to patient recovery, so we’ve developed a way for restricted visitors to continue to provide support to their loved ones. Starting Monday, webcams will be available to any patient who wishes to visit with family or friends.
Sheltering Arms patients work hard every day to overcome disability from illness or injury, and we want to ensure they receive the love and support they need. These webcams will allow a level of contact that would otherwise be impossible.