Page Updated December 15, 2020
Speare Memorial Hospital & Mid-State Health Center are pleased to welcome Dr. Jennifer Bentwood to our community
Effective December 15, 2020
To best protect our staff, patients, and community's health and safety, Speare Memorial Hospital has returned to a restricted visitor policy – only allowing patient visitors who meet the criteria listed below. Thank you for your understanding as we work to decrease the spread of COVID-19.
Inpatient Visiting - Medical/Surgical, Intensive Care & Birthing Suite
Visitors allowed for:
- Pediatric patients and those patients at the end of life – one dedicated support person.
- A caregiver essential to the patient’s care.
- The birthing suite – one dedicated support person.
All support persons and caregivers will be screened upon entry and given a colored wristband to wear that identifies them as a support person/caregiver.
Patients who do not have a support person/caregiver can designate one family member/key individual to receive daily updates from a member of the Speare care team with an opportunity for video visits with the patient.
Visitors allowed for:
- Pediatric, oncology, and patients at end of life – one support person.
- Pediatric or obstetric surgical patients – one support person.
No other visitors allowed in the ED, surgical services, and other outpatient departments unless it is essential for the patient’s well-being and care (patient is unable to communicate, has physical or developmental disabilities, and needs assistance). In those instances, one person is allowed to accompany the patient.
ED patients can call a family member/key individual to keep them informed of the situation. They can also designate a family member/key individual to receive status updates from a member of the Speare care team.
Surgical patients without a support person must have a designated driver. A member of the Speare care team will contact the driver when the patient is ready to leave the hospital and then review discharge instructions in person with the patient and driver.
Please attend physician office visits alone.
One support person or caregiver allowed if:
- Essential to the patient’s physical or emotional well-being and care.
- Tell the physician’s office who will accompany you when making your appointment.
- Obstetric patients – one support person.
- Pediatric patients – one caregiver.
Per CDC recommendation, 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 Travel, Quarantine, & Isolation guidelines 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.
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.
Effective August 3, 2020
Testing is by appointment only, seven days a week, from 9:00 am – 1:00 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 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
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.
Please email us at COVID19Donations@spearehospital.com to let us know what you are able to donate. In particular, we are seeking personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect our employees and patients. These include:
- Face Shields (disposable and non-disposable/washable)
- Isolation Gowns – specifically Quick Comply Over-Head AAMI Level 2
- N95 Masks
- Precaution Masks
- Nitrile Exam Gloves
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.