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Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital implements temporary visitor restrictions

(FREDERICTON) February 24, 2012 - As a precautionary measure, the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital is implementing temporary visiting restrictions effective today.

This proactive measure is due to an increase in the number of cases of a gastrointestinal virus among patients and staff and to prevent further spread of this virus.  Symptoms of gastrointestinal virus may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, chills and fever.

In circumstances where visitors must visit the hospital, they are to contact the patient's nursing unit.

The restriction does not apply to patients accessing the Emergency Department, outpatient appointments or other clinical services such as laboratory tests or X-rays. Individuals accessing the hospital are reminded to wash their hands with soap and water or use the alcohol hand rinse located at each entrance before entering and prior to leaving the hospital. 

The hospital will continue to monitor the situation and thanks the public in advance for their cooperation.

Horizon Health Network is the largest health-care organization in Atlantic Canada, operating 12 hospitals and more than 100 medical facilities, clinics and offices providing medical services ranging from acute care to community based health services to New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. With 1,000 physicians, an annual budget exceeding $1 billion and approximately 13,000 employees, Horizon Health Network's strategic vision focuses on research, innovation and education.


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