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A new healthcare experience awaits, centered on your safety and superb clinical care. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed all our lives. Here at Wentworth-Douglass, we turned our world upside down and inside out to care for the most vulnerable in our community. Thankfully, the Seacoast has not experienced the same level of threat from COVID-19 as other areas. Wentworth-Douglass did not have the surge of patients that we expected and planned for. While future indictors predict a minimal number of COVID-19 cases moving forward, we still have processes in place to quickly react should a COVID-19 surge present in our community. Our team remains ready to respond.

Thank you to those who postponed surgeries, tests, and appointments to allow us to address the unknown crisis and protect the health of the community. 

Additional thanks to all who provided countless donations and gifts for our care team as we dealt with the most anxious time in our history. 

We are ready to care for you.

While our services have remained available for urgent needs throughout the crisis, we have resumed scheduling many time-sensitive surgeries, procedures and appointments under our new infection prevention protocols.

Following guidance from the state of New Hampshire, we are safely seeing patients across our service lines. 

You will notice differences when you visit our facilities. We have established new protocols to prevent the spread of illness, including enhanced cleaning methods, limiting visitors, screening anyone enter our buildings, including staff, asking everyone to wear masks, re-arranging waiting areas to accommodate social distancing, and implementing new testing procedures to identify and isolate suspected COVID-19 patients.

This page provides service updates, as well as information about what changes you can expect to see and experience as we work to protect the health and safety of patients, our staff, and the entire community.

Service Updates (as of May 18)

Rehabilitation Services

  • Outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech re-opens in Dover, Portsmouth, Durham and Lee. Our Rehab location at The Works Family Health and Fitness Center remains closed. 
  • Cardiac Rehab (for Phase 2 patients with low to moderate risk factors)
  • Integrative Therapies - Outpatient acupuncture only right now 

Primary Care & Specialty Care 

  • Many Wentworth Health Partners (WHP) practices are resuming routine scheduling and appointments. For primary care these include Barrington Health Center, Primary Care at Pease, WHP Internal Medicine, Hilltop Family Practice, and Lee Family Practice. 
  • Virtual visits are also available with many WHP providers. 

Surgical Services (OR & Endoscopy)

  • All patients scheduled for a surgery or procedure will need a COVID-19 test two days before their procedure. Testing will take place at our testing site at 10 Members Way in Dover.

Center for Pain Management

  • Procedures and office visits now available. 

Imaging Services

Cardiology & Vascular Care

  • Our Cardiology and Vascular offices in Dover and Portsmouth are open. 
  • We will be offering our usual testing, continuing to prioritize urgent/time sensitive requests.

Lab Services

  • All of our Patient Testing Centers are open for your needs. View our hours and locations
  • Social distancing rules should be followed in our waiting areas, so you may be asked to wait in the lobby or outside. Afternoons tend to be less busy with shorter wait times. 

Diabetes Services

  • Diabetes Education visits now available. 

Nutrition Services

  • All outpatient services available, with the exception of Medical Nutrition Therapy appointments.
  • Also offering Telehealth appointments. 

EEG/Sleep Lab 

  • Now offering EEG and Home Sleep Testing. In-Lab Diagnostic Sleep Studies will resume May 25.

Wound Healing

  • Currently providing in-person and telehealth appointments for new and established patients. Nurse visits will resume the week of May 25. 
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) will resume June 1.
  • Foot Care will resume in June. Date to be determined. 

CHaD

  • Beginning to re-opening to non-urgent cases slowly. This is a vulnerable population and we want to assure that both patients and staff are as safe as possible.
  • All specialties have been, and will continue to, participate in Telehealth conferencing. 
  • Established patients can call directly if having new symptoms, otherwise, we will be contacting them for their regular follow up visits as scheduled. 

Infusion Treatment Center (non-oncology)

Pulmonary Medicine/Pulmonary Function Testing

Virtual Visits

We are pleased to offer virtual appointments using a “HealthCare Secure” version of Zoom developed by Partners HealthCare. This service is available with most Wentworth Health Partners physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, midwives, behavioral health therapists, rehab therapists, nutritionists, diabetes educators, nurses, and others. 

Call your provider’s office to find out if you are a candidate for virtual care.

Immediate Care

If you are experiencing symptoms that need urgent medical care, our Emergency Department, Express Care and Portsmouth Prompt Care locations are ready to provide expert care. Separate Respiratory Illness Clinics have been established to diagnose and treat patients with symptoms of COVD-19, flu or other respiratory illnesses

We are also continuing to offer virtual appointments using a “HealthCare Secure” version of Zoom developed by Partners HealthCare. This service is available to patients of most Wentworth-Douglass providers.

Read more about Immediate Care options

Pre-Procedural Testing

Many surgeries and procedures and some testing will require patients to have a COVID-19 test prior to their appointment time. These tests will take place at our Pre-Procedural Testing Center at 10 Members Way in Dover, NH.

We have planned this phased opening following guidance from the state New Hampshire and with the ability to deliver safe and effective health care in accordance with:

  • Clinical judgement in partnership with patients and families.
  • Procedures to ensure the segregation of COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients needing treatment. 
  • Sufficient availability of personal protective equipment.
  • Adequate testing supplies and equipment.
  • Alignment with established guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and other regulatory agencies.
  • Flexible policies permitting immediate response to any COVID-19 surge.

Exceptional Safety.

Patient safety has always been at the heart of our mission – and now more than ever we continue to engage in vigilant prevention measures to reduce the risk of any infection while implementing additional protocols in response to the pandemic. 

These measures are in place to reduce the risk of spreading any infectious disease, including COVID-19:

Screening

Anyone who enters Wentworth-Douglass Hospital or any of its facilities with walk-in services will be screened upon entry. We will be asking a few simple questions and you may be asked to return home depending on the circumstances. 

Masks

Everyone in our facilities, both staff and patients, will be wearing procedural masks to help protect against the spread of COVID-19. You will be provided a mask upon entry and are asked to wear it throughout your visit.

Hand Hygiene

Anyone entering out buildings will be asked to sanitize their hands. Hand sanitizer stations are also available throughout our buildings.

Social Distancing

We ask everyone to help us practice good physical distancing -keeping at least 6 feet between yourself and others. You will notice change to our waiting rooms and other commons areas to help encourage this separation.

Cleaning

We are continuing our aggressive cleaning and disinfecting protocols, but are adding additional safeguards to prevent the spread of infection:

  • Waiting rooms chairs will be sanitized throughout the day
  • High-touch items such as magazines, puzzles, toys, coffee/snack stations, etc., have been removed from common areas.
  • Inpatient rooms, emergency rooms, exam rooms, and ORs are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between patients, using CDC-approved methods, including the use of UV light robots.

Download Patient Information Flyer (PDF)

Patient Information (Spanish)

Patient Information (Indonesian)


 

Visitor Policy

We are currently not allowing any visitors to come to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. This includes members of the public visiting the hospital cafeteria or public spaces and anyone under the age of 18.

There will continue to be exceptions to this rule, including caregivers who are escorting patients to their appointments. Other exceptions include: 

  • End-of-life care
  • Two parents or guardians are allowed for each pediatric patient
  • One visitor allowed for labor & delivery patients. (Visitors are asked to remain in the room with the patient and avoid contact with friends or family until after discharge.)

To support these new guidelines, some entrances at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital will be closed. Please use the Main or Emergency Department entrances.

COVID-19 Updates

Visit our COVID-19 Updates page for facts about coronavirus, how to receive care and testing, how to protect yourself, and more.

Learn More

Contact

If you have questions about an upcoming appointment, please contact your provider's office.

For other questions, you may call the Community Relations Department at (603) 740-2818


COVID-19 Community Hotline

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your doctor or the WDH COVID-19 Community Hotline at (603) 609-6000


 

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