Visitor restrictions in place at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg

Visitor restrictions are currently in place on the alternative level of care and restorative care units at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital. These restrictions have been put in place to help limit the spread of a gastrointestinal illness among patients on these units.

Gastrointestinal illness is an irritation and/or inflammation of the digestive tract that usually runs its course in about two or three days. Its symptoms can vary from person to person but can include vomiting, diarrhea, an elevated temperature, headache and aching limbs.

Preventing the spread of illness is everyone’s responsibility. People are asked to follow visitor restrictions if they visit the unit. These restrictions include:

  • No visitors unless necessary.
  • Visitors must wash their hands with soap and water before and after they visit.
  • Visitors must only visit one patient/resident and not visit from room-to-room.
  • Visitors must follow any infection prevention and control measures in place. These could include wearing gowns, gloves and masks, as well as washing their hands before and after their visit.
  • People who are sick or live with others who are sick should not visit.

Additional cleaning is also being done on the unit. Infection Prevention and Control is monitoring the situation.

Nova Scotia Health Authority appreciates the public’s cooperation while these visitor restrictions are in place.

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