In order to protect patients during the peak of flu season, UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and UNC REX Hospital in Raleigh will implement new visitor restrictions:

Beginning Monday, Jan. 6, children less than 12 years old are prohibited from visiting inpatients at UNC REX Hospital in Raleigh (including patients in the Emergency Department), and all oncology outpatient areas. Similar visitor restrictions were already in place for the UNC REX Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), with visits restricted to parents and grandparents only.

Also beginning Monday, Jan. 6, children less than 12 years old are prohibited from visiting inpatients and inpatient waiting rooms at UNC Hospitals (including the Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Wakebrook campuses, but excluding inpatient hospice) and are prohibited from perioperative waiting rooms at UNC Medical Center and Hillsborough Hospital. These restrictions were previously in place for the Newborn Critical Care Center (NCCC), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), 5 Children’s/Intermediate Care (5CH) and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU) at UNC Hospitals.

We understand that visitor restrictions at our hospitals present challenges for families and can be difficult for children who have a loved one receiving treatment and care. However, our priority is protecting vulnerable patients as the number of flu cases in the Triangle and statewide continues to increase.

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