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Tobacco Use

For the health, safety and well being of our patients, visitors and employees, the use of tobacco products is prohibited on all ARHS properties. This includes all the campuses of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, including buildings, grounds, parking areas, walkways and vehicles. If you would like help to stop smoking, call 800-QUIT NOW.


Visiting while sick

It’s always a good idea to avoid visiting the hospital when you have symptoms of sickness. Here are some things you can do to prevent catching or spreading infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. After coughing or sneezing, wash or sanitize your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not into your hands.
  • If you get sick with flu, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from making them sick.
  • Get the recommended seasonal flu vaccine.


Hand hygiene

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is provided throughout our facilities.  When using hand sanitizer, rub hands until they are dry. You have the right to ask your healthcare provider to wash his or her hands before and after treatment.


Cell phone use

Cellular phones may interfere with clinical patient monitoring equipment. Signs will indicate areas where cell phone usage is not allowed. In addition, cell phone conversations can be disruptive in quiet environments. We ask that you limit extended cell phone conversations to areas including lobbies, dining areas, and waiting rooms.