Womens Care Center Restrictions

January 15, 2019

Baptist Health Richmond is restricting visitors younger than 18 in our Women's Care Center.

RICHMOND, KY (January 11, 2019) – Baptist Health Richmond is restricting visitors younger than 18 in our Women’s Care Center (Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby) due to the presence of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in our community. This temporary change in our visitor policy took effect January 8, 2019, and we expect it to remain in effect until community flu and RSV levels have declined significantly.
The age restriction applies to all visitors younger than 18 in the Women’s Care Center unless they are the parent or spouse of a patient.
We apologize that this change in policy may cause disruption in family bonding time, but we believe the best interests of our pregnant moms, newborns and children outweigh any inconvenience created at this time.
Infants are at high-risk for contracting both RSV and seasonal flu, but they cannot be immunized if they are younger than 6 months of age. Children, especially those who are school-age, are also at high risk due to the increased exposure they have to other children.
We pledge to provide the best care for our patients within the safest environment possible. Even if you are older than 18, we ask that you not visit a patient if you have a fever, cough, runny nose or other flu or cold symptoms.
We appreciate your understanding and support at this time.