Page Updated August 31, 2022

Due to low testing demand, Speare has closed the COVID-19 testing center outside of our Emergency Department entrance. If you require testing, retail pharmacies are still performing them locally. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may pose.

Effective Monday, September 5, 2022

At this time, Speare is removing visitor restrictions for all non-COVID-19 patients.  As circumstances change with the COVID-19 virus, please refer to this page for the most up to date visitor guidelines.

Visitors are expected to wear an appropriate face covering (i.e. cloth or procedure mask) throughout their visit, socially distance from staff and other visitors/patients, limit movement in the facility to only those areas necessary for the visit, and perform hand hygiene at minimum when entering and leaving the facility.

As a reminder, new visiting hours are 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, seven days a week.

Updated February 9, 2022

CLICK HERE for an interactive map of all active COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in NH.


On-Site Medical Services is providing First Dose, Second Dose, Third Dose*, and Booster vaccinations to all individuals 5 years old and up.

*Third Dose is only intended for immunocompromised individuals.

For more information, visit: 

Updated July 29, 2021

If you have been vaccinated for COVID-19, please bring your vaccination card to your next appointment at Speare or any of our physician practices so that we can include a copy in our records.

Updated June 15, 2021

The best way to protect yourself from getting or spreading COVID-19 is to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

All NH residents 12 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA has authorized the Pfizer vaccine for children who are 12 to 17 years old and do not have a vaccine contraindication.

Please note that anyone under 18 must have verbal or written consent from a parent or guardian, and those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In Plymouth and surrounding communities, the COVID-19 vaccine is available at local pharmacies and those pharmacies located in retailer stores like Walmart. To schedule an appointment, call or visit your local pharmacy – many provide walk-in service.

Get answers to your questions at

You can trust that Speare Memorial Hospital and our physician offices are here to support you as we move towards an end to this pandemic. If you have not been vaccinated yet, we urge you to get a vaccine as soon as you can.

COVID-19 Quarantine, Isolation & Travel Guides from the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control
A Division of Public Health Services/New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

Click here for the COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guides

Updated March 19, 2020

We encourage you to use the resources on our website. If you would like additional information, Speare has established an automated hotline, call 603-238-6464. You will have the ability to speak with someone if you have further questions.

During COVID-19, the private medical information of our patients and staff remain protected by federal law, as in any other time. This means that by law, Speare cannot release COVID-19, or any additional health information, about our patients and staff.

Effective Monday, August 15, 2022

We are extending our visiting hours to 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, seven days a week.

All visitors / support persons / caregivers must pass screening on entry to the facility.  Visitors are expected to wear an appropriate face covering (i.e. cloth or procedure mask) throughout their visit, socially distance from staff and other visitors/patients, limit movement in the facility to only those areas necessary for the visit, and perform hand hygiene at minimum when entering and leaving the facility.

Visitor restrictions by department:

Inpatient: Medical/Surgical & Intensive Care

Up to two visitors at a time, if social distancing can be accomplished.

Birthing Suite

Up to two visitors at a time, if social distancing can be accomplished.

Emergency Department

Up to two visitors at a time, if social distancing can be accomplished.

Surgical Services

One person while the patient is in pre-op.

One person when patient is in recovery and preparing for discharge.

Other outpatient departments

One person may accompany the patient to their visit.

Physician Practices

One person may accompany the patient to their visit.


What to Expect During Your Inpatient Stay

Updated January 10, 2022

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Speare Memorial Hospital has made the difficult decision to restrict visitors throughout the hospital. This is an effort to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.

While you are here, we will make every effort to help you connect with your loved ones by phone or via Zoom or Facetime using one of our iPad's.

With your permission, a care manager or member of your healthcare team will keep your support person/caregiver updated daily on your status as well as your discharge plan.

All staff will be wearing a mask and eye protection when they are in your room. They will also be washing their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

We ask that all patients do the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Wear a mask, if you are able, when others are in your room.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose or mouth if you do not have clean hands.

These guidelines will be continuously re-evaluated.

We understand that this is a difficult time and want you to know that we are here to help. Thank you for your partnership and support in helping us keep our patients, families and staff safe.

The Speare Memorial Hospital Team!

Updated September 28, 2021


Throughout the pandemic, Speare Memorial Hospital has relied on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the guiding authority on COVID-19.

Last week the CDC announced new guidelines regarding masking, especially for schools. They now recommend universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. We remain supportive of the CDC’s guidance and this recommendation.

The CDC’s guidelines for mask-wearing and other measures have been scientifically proven effective at preventing transmission of COVID-19.

We have seen in our own healthcare facilities that masking decreases viral transmission, and we credit it for helping to bend the curve, preventing a sudden influx of new cases from overrunning our regional healthcare systems since March 2020.

As this pandemic evolves, the science and recommendations will change. We will continue to follow CDC guidelines on masking. Our current COVID-19 mandatory mask-wearing protocol will remain in effect at Speare Memorial Hospital and all of our affiliated physician practices for the safety of our patients, staff, and the community at large.


On Monday, November 2, 2020, a staff member at Plymouth Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine tested positive for COVID-19. That staff person is now at home in isolation, and everyone who may have been exposed has been contacted. The practice has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected per CDC guidelines, and the New Hampshire Department of Health has determined that it is safe to continue seeing patients. We are monitoring all staff for symptoms and medical providers will wear N95 masks during patient encounters to enhance safety. If you prefer to have your next appointment via telehealth or you would like to reschedule, we are happy to accommodate you. Please call the office 603-536-3700.

Updated May 12, 2020

Speare Memorial Hospital is pleased to be able to lift restrictions on our services due to the low COVID-19 transmission rate within our community.

While the number of positive COVID-19 cases has increased recently, this is no cause for alarm.  The rise has occurred in response to the state of New Hampshire’s increase in testing sites (including one in Plymouth), easing the requirements for residents to take the test and its concentrated efforts in having residents and staff at long-term care facilities be tested. As we monitor activity in the Central NH area, it is comforting to know that our number of positive cases remain relatively stable.

The state has given us the opportunity to begin phasing in more healthcare services. Speare is proceeding cautiously, resuming time-sensitive elective surgeries and procedures, especially for those who have delayed care since the onset of the pandemic. This includes surgeries to alleviate pain, such as gall bladder and joint replacements, and procedures to diagnose significant health issues and address problems that are making it difficult for people to function each daily.

Patients can enter Speare facilities knowing that no one takes the delivery of safe and effective healthcare more seriously than our doctors, nurses, and staff who have courageously led our institution through this crisis.

We continue to engage in vigilant infection prevention measures and have procedures in place to ensure that patients with the virus are cared for in isolation, away from other patients needing medical care. Our protocols include enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high-touch, public surface areas, screening and masking of all people entering our facilities, changing patient flow to accommodate social distancing, and parking lot testing.

All surgical patients will be tested for COVID-19 in our parking lot prior to surgery, and those testing positive will need to delay surgery if possible. All care team members will continue to wear surgical masks and protective eyewear, and as other necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times when caring for patients.

Our physician offices are open for in-person appointments and continue to offer telehealth services for those that meet the criteria. All patients who visit our imaging, lab, and physician offices will be screened, including a temperature check.

No one should risk their health and wellbeing by delaying medical care any longer. We strongly encourage patients with chronic health conditions to resume regular appointments to ensure optimal health.

All patients and visitors of Speare Memorial Hospital, Boulder Point and our off-site locations will be screened for signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19.

If a visitor screens positive because of recent travel or illness, we must respectfully ask you not to enter our facility.

If you have a scheduled appointment or seek medical care and screen positive because of recent travel or illness, you will be given a face mask and directed to the appropriate location.

Thank you for your understanding and for adhering to these guidelines to help us keep our patients, families, and visitors protected and healthy during this time.

Updated March 19, 2020

In order to better protect our patients, staff, and community, we are restricting public access to Speare Memorial Hospital and all of our off-site locations until further notice. All patients and visitors will be screened before entering our facilities.

Entrances will be restricted to the following:

Hospital Main Entrance – 16 Hospital Rd
Monday – Friday: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Weekends:  Closed

Emergency Department Entrance – Avery Street
Monday – Friday: 6:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Weekends:  7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Ambulance Entrance to be used all other times

Entrance to Boulder Point – 103 Boulder Point Drive
Main Entrance: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Delaying Elective Surgeries & Procedures

Effective March 23, 2020

We are delaying some elective surgeries and procedures amid the evolving COVID-19 situation. Staff are reaching out to patients who are scheduled for surgeries or procedures that meet the criteria for the delay. Patients should contact their provider if they have additional questions.

No Walk-in Lab or Radiology Weekend Services

Effective March 20, 2020

Hospital services for walk-in outpatient radiology and laboratory will no longer be available on weekends.

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