Last Updated 8/6/2020
Surgery and Procedures
LRH has resumed many of the services and programs that you rely on for your family's healthcare. This includes surgical and endoscopy procedures initially postponed due to COVID-19.
In accordance with NH DHHD's re-opening guidelines, we have taken every necessary precaution to resume these medical services safely.
As part of your pre-op care, you may be required to undergo a COVID-19 test to ensure you do not have the virus ahead of your scheduled surgery/procedure. This decision is made with your surgeon or endoscopists and takes into account risks based on your scheduled procedure or surgery.
From the time that the test is collected until your surgical or endoscopy procedure, we will ask you to isolate at home.
LRH's Travel Recommendation
Now is the time for getaways and family outings, but this year's trip may look a little different and certainly requires increased caution and heightened safety measures. It may be necessary to reconsider your original plans and look for safer alternatives to fill your itinerary instead.
Some considerations as you plan, depart, and return from your trip:
- Continue practicing social distancing while away and wear a mask whenever proper social distancing is difficult to maintain.
- Evaluate your unique situation. Is anyone you intend on traveling with high risk?
- Practice good hygiene by washing your hands often and covering your sneeze or cough.
- Check state and local travel restrictions when planning. Avoid areas currently experiencing high volumes of COVID-19 cases.
- Consider staying closer to home this year. Northern parts of New England are experiencing lower volumes of positive cases.
- Anticipate your travel needs in advance which may be different given current circumstances.
- Air travel and other forms of public transportation present a greater risk of exposure. Traveling in your own vehicle and only with your travel companions are lower risk.
- Look at activities that are low risk and avoid things that require large crowds or close contact with others.
- Check with your employer to see what may be required following travel which will allow you to adjust the timing of your trip if necessary.
Self-isolation following your trip may not be necessary, but depends on where you went, what you did, and who you had contact with. Talk to your employer to determine whether or not you need to self-isolate upon your return. It is important to monitor your health closely once you return. If you are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call your doctor right away.
Please note, you should wait at least 48 hours after your return to be tested for COVID-19. Symptoms can be delayed and waiting to be tested allows for the most accurate test results. Various testing options are available to you. Visit our COVID Testing page to learn more. If your business would like to speak to someone about the testing of employees, please call LRH'S Occupational Health Department at 603-444-9294.
As travel slowly begins to increase, whether its community members traveling to other areas or visitors coming to our region, it's important to take extra precautions and stay safe.
Outpatient Lab Services
Littleton Regional Healthcare Laboratory is accredited and recognized by the College of American Pathologists as providing excellence in laboratory medicine services.
Our Laboratory offers a full range of clinical laboratory services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for collecting, receiving, and processing blood, fluid, and tissue samples. Staffed with Board Certified Medical Technologists, LRH laboratory performs testing on state of the art laboratory instrumentation allowing us to offer a wide in-house test menu. We also have a comprehensive Microbiology lab, enabling us to perform molecular testing on site. Our laboratory professionals perform more than 480,000 tests per year. Our reference laboratory service provides specialized testing procedures for 5 area hospitals.
Laboratory out-patient hours and Laboratory Registration:
- Monday - Friday 7:00am-3:30pm
- Appointments are not required
- Registration for out-patient services is located in the Main Lobby, all patients must register prior to coming to the Laboratory.
- Blood Draws and specimen drop-offs are offered on a first come basis.
- Closed for outpatients on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day except for emergencies.
Our Laboratory is a Red Cross overstock hospital, supplying blood products to area hospitals and providing consultations to area blood banks.
- Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA)
- State of New Hampshire
- Federal Government
Littleton Regional Healthcare Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists
Read all about it here....
Access Between Medical Office Building and Main Hospital
Effective Wednesday, July 8th, the Medical Office Building and Main Hospital will no longer be physically separated during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. The door outside of the Cafeteria near Littleton Urgent Care as well as the doors between the two buildings on the first floor will be open during these times. These doors will be closed in the evenings and on weekends to prevent traffic flow through the Medical Office Building.
Medical Office Building
Effective Monday, July 6th, 2020 the Mandatory Screening Checkpoint for LRH's Medical Office Building and Littleton Urgent Care will be open from 5:45am until 6pm Monday through Friday. After 6pm, please report to the Littleton Urgent Care entrance for screening and entrance to the facility. A Littleton Urgent Care staff member will greet you.
The Littleton Urgent Care entrance will continue to be open Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 8pm. There will be no entry through the Medical Office Building permitted during these times.
Please note, screening and masks are still required before entry to the facility.
Visitor Restriction Policy
We recognize the impact that visitor limitations has on patients and family and will work with families to assist with communication in the best and safest manner possible for individual situations.
As we continue to operationalize the necessary changes to provide care during the COVID 19 pandemic and in order to provide a supportive environment for our patients, the policy on who is allowed to accompany patients in the building is as follows:
- Pediatrics - one parent or guardian only.
- Two parents may accompany neonates for initial visits in the first two weeks of life if needed.
- Maternity - one support person only.
- Oncology/Infusion - determined on a case by case basis.
- Physician Practices - determined on a case by case basis.
- Obstetric patients scheduled at North Country Women's Health may have one partner/spouse/support person present.
- All other physician practice visits when the patient would benefit from one partner/spouse/support person participating in decision-making may have that person accompany them to the visit.
- Patients at end of life - spouse/family/support person visits will be accommodated.
- Patients with cognitive or mobility impairment may be accompanied by one support person.
- Emergency Department, surgery/endoscopy, and hospitalized patients are allowed one essential caregiver. This designated individual is able to be involved in decision-making and to review post-operative care instructions and follow up recommendations with our medical staff.
Please note, all patients and those accompanying patients must undergo successful screening prior to entry and wear a mask at all times. We ask that spouses, essential caregivers, support persons, family members, and partners who accompany patients keep appropriate distances from staff when possible. COVID testing is not required for those accompanying patients into the facility.
Our visitor restriction policy will remain in place to keep our patients, staff, and community safe at this time. We will continue to reevaluate based on guidance.
Drive-Up COVID Testing Sites Adjust Days of Operation to Accommodate Demand
Littleton Regional Healthcare (LRH) and ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care, a New Hampshire based urgent care company, have partnered to make COVID-19 Active Infection and Antibody Testing available to the Littleton and Lincoln/Woodstock areas and surrounding communities. Collaborative efforts between the two organizations have resulted in expanded testing capabilities for the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
The two organizations launched the drive-up testing site in Lincoln in early May and expanded their partnership by opening the Littleton site later in the month. Both testing sites have updated days of operation to accommodate the level of demand for testing.
The Littleton testing site, located behind the Littleton Regional Healthcare facility at 600 St. Johnsbury Road, is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9AM - 5PM. Follow signs along St. Johnsbury Road, turning onto Hilltop Road to access the rear of the LRH campus.
The Lincoln testing site, located the Kancamagus Recreation Area at 62 Forest Ridge Drive, is open Tuesday and Thursday, 9AM - 5PM. Follow signs for "COVID Testing".
Urgent Care & Occupational Health Entrance
Urgent Care & Occupational Health entrance to reopen on Saturdays and Sundays only, 9am-8pm. Everyone must continue to use Medical Office Building entrance Monday-Friday, 5:30am-8pm.
In alignment with the State of New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services and the New Hampshire Hospital Association, LRH has begun the first phase of operations to resume our complete line of services that you rely on for your family's healthcare.
We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation at a local, state, and national level and make adjustments to our operations when necessary. This pandemic has created an ever-changing environment with new discoveries and recommendations being made every day. Safety is our number one priority and we evaluate every decision very carefully to ensure we are acting responsibly and in the best interest of our staff, patients, and community.
Postponing routine medical care and delaying chronic disease maintenance can lead to increased risk of complications and worsening conditions.
Our physician practices are open and can provide both in person care and virtual visits for patients of all ages and conditions.
We are evaluating surgeries and procedures we initially postponed due to COVID-19 and are beginning to reschedule cases that are time sensitive.
In the case of urgent or emergency health matters, our Urgent Care and Emergency Department continue to be available to meet your healthcare needs safely.
Partnership with CCMD
Littleton Regional Healthcare and ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care have partnered together to make COVID-19 testing available to the greater Lincoln/Woodstock area at no cost to patients.
This collaborative effort began Monday, May 11th at the Kancamagus Recreation Area, 62 Forest Ridge Drive, in Lincoln.
Littleton Regional Healthcare and ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care have partnered together to make COVID-19 testing available on the LRH campus at no cost to patients.
This collaborative effort began Tuesday, May 26th at LRH.
Expanded Testing Capabilities
LRH is proud to provide COVID-19 testing at no cost to our patients. We continue to offer drive-up testing with your medical provider's order. To receive testing, patients may drive up to the designated testing site located outside of the Main Entrance at LRH at their convenience. Testing is available Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm. Upon entering the LRH campus, make a left-hand turn and follow the red drive-up testing signs. More info →
Mandatory Screening Checkpoints
The Mandatory Screening Checkpoint at the Main Entrance at LRH will have a team member who will greet you for screening upon your arrival.
The Mandatory Screening Checkpoint at the entrance of the Medical Office Building at LRH has been relocated inside the vestibule. A team member will greet you for screening upon your arrival.
Physically Separating Our Facility
Our facilities management team has been hard at work implementing the changes to our campus to ensure everyone's protection. This is done to create physical separation between the Hospital and the Medical Office Building. We have created a separate entrance to the facility to be used exclusively for anyone with COVID 19 symptoms. We have further separated the buildings by erecting a wall to divide the Medical Office Building from the Main Hospital on the ground floor and closing the doors located on the first floor of the Medical Office Building for staff use only.
Our Main Entrance has been re-opened and will serve at the entrance to the Main Hospital as well as our Emergency Department for the foreseeable future. After completing the mandatory screening, please proceed through the Main Entrance to access the Emergency Department.
The Medical Office Building remains open for entrance to the physician offices after completing the mandatory screening.
The Cafeteria entrance, near Urgent Care, remains closed at this time.
The entrance that was used for our Emergency Department is now serving as the entrance to our Emergency Department Respiratory Treatment Area (ERTA) for any patient with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 seeking care in the Emergency Department, the Physician offices or the Urgent Care.