LEBANON — In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to keep patients and staff healthy, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) has implemented new visitor and patient screening protocols.
Effective immediately, anyone entering one of D-HH’s facilities, which includes Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, New London Hospital, Cheshire Medical Center, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s (D-H’s) Community Group Practice in Southern New Hampshire, will be asked screening questions about symptoms of respiratory illness and travel history.
At DHMC in Lebanon, visitors exhibiting symptoms, or who have traveled recently, will be asked to return home and contact their primary care provider (PCP) for additional assessment. Patients presenting symptoms will be given a mask and will be risk assessed for further testing. While the same screening questions will be asked at each location, the actions following screening may vary slightly from location to location.
Until further notice, patient visitors to DHMC will also be limited to one visitor per patient at a time, and all visitors must be above the age of 14. Exceptions will be made for people visiting pediatrics, neonatal ICU, obstetrics, or psychiatric care, and for those visiting patients receiving end-of-life care.
Entrances at DHMC will be limited to the Main Entrance, North Entrance, Parking Garage and East Entrances (Norris Cotton Cancer Center). The Emergency Department entrance is open 24 hours.
DH-H remains committed to making necessary adjustments to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to provide the latest information to patients, employees and the public.
On Saturday, Joanne M. Conroy, CEO and President of DH-H hosted her second Facebook Live COVID-19 update with Hospital Epidemiologist and Infectious Disease Physician Antonia Altomare, DO, MPH, and Associate Chief Quality Officer for Patient Experience Carol Majewski MHCDS, MS, RN, CPXP.
They discussed the progress of DH-H’s development of testing capabilities, the concept of ‘flattening the curve’ and shared insights on the Incident Command System.