Greenfield hospital flu policy still in place

Visitors under 14yrs old are not allowed

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – We’re at the height of flu season, and some hospitals have adjusted their visitor policies to protect both patients and visitors.

22News explains the new restrictions in effect at a Franklin County hospital

Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield changed their visitor policy last week. The hospital will no longer allow visitors under 14 years old.

Visitors are also limited 2 per patient and are only allowed if the visit is essential to the patient’s well being.

The hospital told 22News the new policy is in place to help keep visitors from getting sick and from patients getting sicker.

“Basically what we’re trying to do is decrease the number of people in the hospital with the flu and decrease the number of visitors that are coming in that could be contagious to those people who may not have the flu,” said Dr. Rakesh Talati, the ER Medical Director at Franklin Medical Ctr.

Dr. Talati said that the policy is to protect all patients not just those with the flu, and if you’re feeling sick stay home and don’t visit the hospital.

That policy has been in effect for almost a week now and will stay in place until further notice.