WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center and Wesley Children’s Hospital will enact its seasonal visitation policy for its Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Special Care Nursery the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), as well as all of its adult ICUs
starting today, December 19. No person under the age of 12 will be permitted to visit these hospital units unless he or
she is a patient or there are extenuating circumstances.
“Respiratory illnesses like RSV and the flu are most common during the winter months,” said Brett Hartkopp, Wesley
Healthcare vice president of quality and infection prevention. “Many of the patients in these units have delicate or
compromised respiratory systems and we want to limit their exposure to an illness that could compromise their health.”
The number of patients visiting Wesley’s emergency departments has increased over the past few weeks with a large
percentage with flu-like symptoms. This policy helps to protect our patients, visitors and staff by preventing the spread
of respiratory illnesses.
Tips For Avoiding Respiratory Illnesses:
- Get immunized against seasonal flu
- Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizers
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm (not your hands)
- Frequently wipe down counters, phones, computer keyboards and mouse, and other often-used surfaces and objects with disinfectant wipes
- If you have flu-like or respiratory illness symptoms, stay home! Avoid public places and interacting with others
until your symptoms have improved
Those with relatively mild symptoms should stay home and treat as you would for seasonal flu. Remember to drink
plenty of water to stay hydrated.
As part of the visitation policy change, the lights on the outside of Wesley Children’s Hospital will be changed to blue
until Christmas Eve in recognition of respiratory diseases.
People who have more severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, a persistent fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit,
and altered levels of consciousness should see their doctor or go to their nearest emergency department.
For more information about Wesley Healthcare and its services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.
Wesley Healthcare is the region’s leading acute-care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and
northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley Medical Center treats more than 24,000 patients annually and
delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER,
Wesley West ER, Wesley Woodlawn ER, the region’s only pediatric ER and Wesley Derby ER. Wesley owns and operates Wesley Medical Center, Wesley Woodlawn
Hospital & ER, Wesley Children’s Hospital and multiple WesleyCare clinics. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com.