Local North Carolina hospitals are restricting visitors due to virus

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North Carolina’s local hospital system, Atrium Health, will only allow visitors to hospitals as of November 16, 2022. According to a press release, the move was made out of concern for the health and well-being of the community. They also pointed to the widespread prevalence of respiratory viruses such as RSV and influenza in young children. For this reason, Atrium asks that children under the age of 12 do not visit hospital patients. These restrictions went into effect at 7am on Wednesday November 16th

In addition, these limitations are applied in atrium emergency rooms. Masks are still mandatory for visitors. And people aged 13 and over who have flu-like symptoms should also refrain from visiting patients being treated at area hospitals. It is accepted that children visit hospital patients in special circumstances, e.g. B. when visiting a dying family member. Parents should work with their care team to make arrangements. In some hospitals and healthcare systems, visitors may be subject to additional restrictions. For example, in most cases, visitors under the age of 18 are not admitted to the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Brenner Children’s Hospital.

Atrium also wants to remind patients to only go to the emergency room if they are suffering from a serious or life-threatening illness or injury. For routine, non-life-threatening symptoms, they should consult their primary care physician. You can also seek care at emergency care centers and through virtual visits.

Nobody wants to go to the hospital. But when you do, you want the best care from exceptional doctors. But how do you determine North Carolina’s top hospitals? Today they released their 2022-2023 rankings for the top hospitals nationwide and regionally in North Carolina.

Here’s how they decided on this list: “In 2022-2023, US News Best Hospitals ranked hospitals in the United States in 15 adult specialties and recognized hospitals by state, metropolitan and regional area for their work in 20 more common procedures and conditions . Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals analyzed and 30,000 physicians surveyed, only 164 hospitals achieved at least one of the specialties.”

A Charlotte-area hospital came in third on this list. Several surrounding institutions have also been recognized. The full national breakdown can be found here. You can also view the rankings in specific specialties such as cancer treatment, cardiology, and others. I hope that you and your family do not require care in the near future, but if you do, it’s good to be informed! Read on for the best hospitals in North Carolina according to US News.