LITTLETON, NH- COVID-19 placed an enormous strain on healthcare institutions across the country and our community hospital is no exception. There is no question that these last several months have been challenging for all of us, but LRH reminds us that our fight is not over. President and CEO of Littleton Regional Healthcare, Robert Nutter, cited, “We know our work is not done and we need the community’s help. It is vital we remain vigilant this holiday season. As community transmission of COVID-19 continues to increase in our area, it is more important than ever that we exercise caution.”
What role does the community play in the fight against COVID-19? The answer: an enormous one. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. Monitor your health. Stay home if you are sick. Seek testing if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. These steps matter.
LRH has continued to promote its drive-up testing as hassle-free and available to everyone. Testing is available Monday through Friday, 8am until 4pm. No appointment or outside referral is required to receive testing.
LRH worked diligently to secure testing supplies and establish its drive-up testing site early on. Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Littleton Regional Healthcare, Dr. Edward Duffy, noted, “We want people to take advantage of our drive-up testing.” “It’s important that everyone is closely monitoring their health and seeking medical care when needed”, added Dr. Duffy. Emergency warning signs related to COVID-19 include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, recent onset of confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or a blue hue of the lips or face. If someone is exhibiting any of these signs, emergency medical care should be sought immediately.
A final remark from Mr. Nutter included, “We know traditions are being disrupted and it’s difficult for everyone, but keeping your loved ones safe is the top priority.” Hospitals throughout the country have urged the public to do their part in the fight against COVID-19. Protecting a hospital’s workforce is vital so they can continue to provide the care the community needs for COVID and non-COVID related matters.
After initially limiting its services to emergent and urgent cases only, LRH resumed all procedures in May. LRH continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic including implementing operational changes, mandating universal screening and masks prior to entry to its facilities, operating distinct COVID and non-COVID units, and restricting visitors to essential persons only. Patient safety always remains LRH’s top priority. It is not only safe to receive care, it’s critical. Routine and specialized medical care is still important and delaying chronic disease maintenance or routine medical care leads to an increased risk of complications and worsening conditions.
For more information related to LRH’s response to COVID-19, please visit its website, littletonhealthcare.org/covid-19, or call the 24/7 LRH COVID-19 Hotline at (603) 575-6400.