We are READY, SAFE and OPEN
Hear from Dr. Neil Meehan, Exeter Health Resources' Chief Physician Executive about the extensive safety measures that have been implemented to keep our patients and staff safe.
June 3, 2020
An Important Update from Exeter Health Resources and its Affiliates: Exeter Hospital, Core Physicians and Rockingham VNA & Hospice
Exeter Hospital and its affiliates; Core Physicians and Rockingham VNA & Hospice have remained open and prepared to safely care for our patients throughout the public health crisis of Covid-19. Throughout this pandemic, and in the ensuing phased re-opening of elective procedures and an expansion of current services, our top priority remains maintaining a safe environment for our patients and staff. Our health systems’ expansion of services remains guided by clinical prioritization and the direction provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), as well as professional guidance from national experts along with our own critical and detailed assessment of necessary safety protocols. Our staff are taking extraordinary steps to ensure the highest level of safety for ur patients at all times.
Over the coming weeks, we will work to thoughtfully and safely begin to expand services while ensuring the highest level of safety for our patients and staff. Specific services and site information will be posted here to keep our community informed.
It is important to note that Exeter Hospital’s Emergency Department is fully functioning and is continuing to provide safe emergency care to our community members, with extra precautions in place to protect patients and staff. If you are experiencing a medical emergency or require medical attention, DO NOT DELAY CARE. Call 911 and or go to the nearest emergency department. This includes any injury or illness for which a lack of immediate treatment may result in further harm. For addiotnal information regarding emergency care precautions scroll down.
For the safety of our patients and staff, as we begin to expand services the following measures will remain in place:
·We will continue to enforce limited access to Exeter Hospital and all buildings on the Hospital campus, as well as our off-site locations including Core Physicians’ practices. Click here for updates regarding Core Physicians' primary and specialty care services.
·Patients and staff will be screened at all entry points for any sign of illness.
·All patients, visitors, and staff will be required to wear masks. (At this time we are not allowing any visitors, exceptions will be made for pediatric patients, end of life and family center patients.)
·Cafeteria service remains closed to the general public. Food service will remain available for patients and staff only.
·Social distancing policies remain in place across the health system.
·We will continue with robust cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout our facilities.
For questions, please email - DVasapolli@ehr.org or call 603.997.2292.
Message from Kevin Callahan, President and CEO of Exeter Health Resources
An Important Message from Exeter Hospital
During this difficult time we realize people may have concerns about Covid-19 and coming in to an Emergency Department. Please be assured your safety is our top priority and we have implemented extensive safety precautions. We are here to care for you, it is critically important you do not delay seeking emergency care.
Exeter Hospital’s Emergency Department is fully functioning and is continuing to provide safe emergency care to our community members with extra precautions in place to protect patients and staff due to COVID-19. If you are experiencing a medical emergency or require medical attention , do not delay care, call 911 and or head to the nearest emergency department. This includes any injury or illness for which a lack of immediate treatment may result in further harm.
Exeter Hospital follows all safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Additionally to further ensure the safety of our patients during the Covid-19 pandemic Exeter Hospital has implemented extensive safety precautions for the Emergency Department including:
- Screening all patients as they enter the Emergency Department (ED) to identify possible Covid-19 patients
- Segregating potential exposed or potentially positive COVID-19 patients in a designated isolated area of the ED
- All patients entering the facility will be provided a mask
- All staff are masked, at a minimum
- Using full precautionary measures and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to reduce chance of cross-contamination
- Extra clinical cleaning staff to frequently and thoroughly disinfect all areas of the ED
- Eliminating the sharing of pens and unnecessary contamination potentials
- Limiting visitors
- Only patients seeking emergency care can enter through the main ED entrance. All other hospital patients and visitors are required to use a separate entrance
Read some stories about our Amazing People Doing Amazing Things during this pandemic – our providers and staff have been going above and beyond to find innovative ways to help our patients, community and each other during these difficult times.
Update from the CDC
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. For more information link
CDC - Prevent getting sick/cloth face mask
Thank you to the students at Cooperative Middle School (CMS) and Main Street School in Exeter for their beautiful artwork thanking our healthcare heroes. We invite you to take a look:
Important information and updates regarding the Coronavirus 4/24/2020.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever or respiratory illness, CALL your primary care provider and they will advise you of next steps. The decision to test will be based on official NHDHHS guidelines. If you do not have a primary care provider, please call 211.
Exeter Hospital has an external testing site on the campus but it is ONLY available by appointment after contacting your primary care provider.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common COVID-19 symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of Breath
What should I do if I have these symptoms? Do I need to get tested for coronavirus?
Call your primary care doctor if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. If you have only cold symptoms and a low-grade fever, call your provider. Do not go to the Emergency Department or a walk-in urgent care clinic.
Your doctor will work with the New Hampshire Public Health Department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
How do people catch COVID-19?
The virus is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated at home in most cases or in the hospital (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others. It is also possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.
The best protection is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Information about COVID-19 is changing daily. For the most up to date information about the virus, the current situation in the US, travel and other updates visit the CDC.
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