Flu Alert Means Visitor Restrictions at Southwest General

Hospital tries to slow the spread of the illness; shots still available


With an increasing number of influenza cases reported, Southwest General has modified its patient/visitor policy to help minimize the spread within the hospital.

When visiting a patient, here are the new rules, adopted Jan. 10:  

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Two visitors at a time in patient rooms or procedural areas. (In labor and delivery, dad is not considered a visitor)
  • Keep visitation periods brief
  • No visitation if you are ill or experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, chills, sore throat, headache, muscle aches or diarrhea
  • Visiting hours are as follows: 

Medical/Surgical, Critical Care Unit and Maternity: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit:  11 a.m. – noon and 6–8 p.m.

Oakview Behavioral Health Center:  6–8 p.m.

  • Wash or sanitize your hands upon entering and exiting all rooms and areas, and after coughing or sneezing.

For more information, call Southwest General’s Health Connection at 440-816-5050. 

Patients with medical emergencies can visit:

Southwest General Emergency Trauma Center (Main Campus) 18697 Bagley Rd., 
Middleburg Heights, 440-816-8888

Brunswick Medical Center & Emergency Room 4065 Center Rd.,Brunswick, 330-558-0123

For those who have not yet had a flu shot, Southwest General is offering flu shots at the following locations:

Brook Park Urgicare 15900 Snow Rd., Brook Park, 440-816-8744 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Strongsville Urgicare 18181 Pearl Rd., 
Strongsville, 440-816-2273 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

You must be 18 or older to receive a flu shot. Most insurances, including Medicare Part B, accepted. No appointments needed. Available while supplies last.


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