Exeter Hospital, Core Physicians and Rockingham VNA & Hospice remain open and prepared to safely care for their patients throughout the public health crisis of COVID-19. All three affiliates have completed a phased re-opening of the elective services that had been temporarily on hold during the height of the pandemic, and all services and practices are now ready, safe and open for the community. All primary care and pediatric physicians are accepting new patients.
Our top priority remains maintaining a safe environment for our patients and staff, so the following measures remain in place:
• At Exeter Hospital and all Core Physicians’ offices: Visitors are not allowed; exceptions will be made for pediatric patients, end of life patients and Family Center patients, as well as patients with disabilities or those who are unable to make their own healthcare decisions.
• Patients and staff will be screened at all entry points for signs of illness.
• All patients, visitors, and staff will be required to wear masks.
• We have redesigned our processes to keep you socially distant during your visit. We have clearly marked our elevators, common areas and waiting rooms to ensure proper spacing. (At some Core Physicians offices, we may ask you to check-in online for your appointment and wait in your car until we text you to come in).
• Telemedicine appointments are available when appropriate.
• We will continue with robust cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout our facilities.
• If you are having a surgical procedure, a colonoscopy or other complex procedure, your physician will determine if you need to be tested in advance for COVID-19. This is to ensure there is no associated risk or impact to your recovery.
• Exeter Hospital Cafeteria service remains closed to the general public. Food service will remain available for patients and staff only.
During this difficult time, they realize people may have concerns about COVID-19 and coming in to an Emergency Department. Please be assured your safety is their top priority and they have implemented extensive safety precautions so do not delay seeking care for a critical health care need.
THey will continue to make decisions based on 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. Their staff are taking extraordinary steps to ensure the highest level of safety for their patients at all times. For the most up-to-date information on services, visit exeterhospital.com or corephysicians.org. For the most current information and recommendations related to COVID-19, visit cdc.gov.