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COVID-19 Information at Speare Memorial Hospital

Page Updated September 28th, 2021

To schedule a COVID-19 test, complete a registration form by clicking this link. You will need to complete a separate registration form using this link for each member of your family.

COVID-19 Testing Times and Processes

Effective September 17, 2021

Testing is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. To schedule a COVID-19 test, complete a registration form by clicking this link. A Speare employee will call you to schedule an appointment. COVID-19 testing is conducted at a marked location in the Speare emergency department parking lot on Avery Street.

Communication access or language assistance services are available upon request.

Updated September 28, 2021

SPEARE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL STATEMENT ON MASKING IN SCHOOLS

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.

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 vaccines.nh.gov.

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.

Effective August 17, 2021

The State of NH is experiencing an increased number of COVID cases, and have declared the State at a Substantial Level of Transmission. For the safety of all, Speare is enacting the following visitor restrictions.

All visitors 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. (Visiting hours remain between 10am and 5pm.)

Inpatient Visiting: Medical/Surgical & Intensive Care

  • Each patient may have one consistent support person who can visit them during their stay.
  • All visitors will be screened upon entry and give a colored wristband to wear that identifies them.

Birthing Suite

  • Each patient may have one consistent support person who can visit them during their stay.

Emergency Department

  • Each patient may have one consistent support person for the duration of the ED stay.

Surgical Services

  • Each patient may have one visitor while they are in pre-op.
  • Each patient may have that same visitor when they are in recovery and preparing for discharge.

Other outpatient departments

  • Each patient may have one person accompany them to appointments.

Physician Practices

  • Each patient may have one person accompany them to their visit.

Per CDC recommendations, visitors will be restricted from entering the room of known or suspected COVID-19 patients. Alternative methods like video-call applications on cell phones or tablets should be used.

 

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

Abbott BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 tests for K-12 students and others who have COVID-19 symptoms (called “symptomatic”) are now available at Speare.

These antigen-based tests are available for rapid diagnosis. Identifying people with COVID-19 faster allows the quarantine/isolation to begin sooner, thereby decreasing further spread of the disease.

This is particularly important for K-12 students who are showing signs of the virus, their parents, and the schools who are impacted by this on a daily basis. 

Click here to schedule a test.

Notice:

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

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.

Prices for COVID-19 testing at Speare Memorial Hospital are:

  • COVID-19 ACTIVE TESTING - $170.00
  • COVID-19 BinaxNOW RAPID TESTING - $60.00

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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