Valley Health lifts restrictions for flu season

Valley Health announced Friday that flu visitation restrictions have been lifted at all of the health system’s facilities, effective immediately.

Visiting hours at each facility will return to normal, which are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, with some exceptions for specialty care units. Among the six facilities affected are Winchester Medical Center (and Winchester Rehabilitation Center), Warren Memorial Hospital and Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

Valley Health hospitals began seeing very sick patients in December and enacted restrictions just before Christmas. The system’s Infection Control practitioners and medical staff leadership regularly monitored the presence of the virus, in concert with Virginia and West Virginia health departments.

“We greatly appreciate the community’s acceptance of our visitor restrictions during flu season,” Valley Health System President and CEO Mark H. Merrill stated in a news release. “We have a responsibility to balance our commitment to protect patients in our care with their desire to receive visitors. But our patients’ health and safety remains our top priority. While we’ve relaxed visiting hours, we continue to urge those who may be feeling ill to avoid making personal hospital visits.”