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VISITOR POLICY LIFTED

Baystate Health has lifted a temporary visitors policy aimed at protecting patients, visitors and staff against the flu.

The policy, implemented in January, had restricted visiting.

According to the state Department of Public Health, the incidence of flu in the area is subsiding and the rate of flu cases being reported has now returned to normal for this time of year.

The health system’s three hospitals affected by the change in visitation rules included Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, as well as various outpatient facilities.

For more information on Baystate’s visitor policy, visit baystatehealth.org.

FREE BREAST EXAMS

Tapestry Health is offering free breast exams and cervical screening/diagnositic services to income-eligible women.

The agency has received a grant through the Women’s Health Network/Care Coordination Program, administered by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Tapestry will refer clients to major health care providers for the services.

Services are available through June 30. To find out more or enroll, visit one of Tapestry’s area clinics: Amherst Health Services, 27 Pray St., Amherst; Greenfield Health Services, 80 Sanderson St., Greenfield; Holyoke Health Services, 306 Race St., Holyoke; and Northampton Health Services, 16 Center St., Suite 415, Northampton.

SAGE GATHERING

Trevor Smith, founder of Laugh for No Reason, a health and wellness program based in Springfield, is the featured guest at Wednesday’s meeting of the Western Massachusetts chapter of SAGE, which offers services and advocacy to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors.

His program “Laugh for the Health of It: Creating Healthy Learning Styles through Laughter,” will teach participants a systematic method of laughing to help reduce stress and improve daily life.

The event is free and open to all LGBT older adults, allies and friends. It runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Smith’s program begins at 2.

For more information, please call (413) 586-2000, extension 146.

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