SMCS and Springfield Hospital Services Update

Updated March 29, 2020

COVID-19 TESTING

Testing for COVID-19 has been very limited due to a shortage of tests, however, it is our goal to begin to test all patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. We will be re-opening our drive through testing site in the upper parking lot of Springfield Hospital. To be tested, you must have an order from your primary care provider or one of our triage or walk-in providers. Once that order has been placed, you will be called by our registration department and scheduled for a specific testing time. Do not drive up to the testing site unless it is your scheduled time.

If you have fever and mild respiratory symptoms we recommend you care for yourself at home. You can discontinue home isolation when you have been without fever (without taking fever reducing medication) for 72 hours and have had improvement in respiratory symptoms and at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

If you or your loved one are unable to catch your breath, are not getting enough oxygen, have persistent chest pain or pressure, or are un-arousable or have new confusion, please seek emergency care at our Emergency Department or call 9-1-1 if needed!  If you need to come to the Emergency Department and believe you have COVID-19 symptoms, please call in advance so they can be prepared:  802-885-7540.

SPRINGFIELD HOSPITAL

Specialty Practice Offices

For the time being, our specialty practices will see only urgent/emergent patients. We are advising patient’s, who do not need an urgent/emergent appointment, that we will reach out to them when we can re-open our schedules. All phones will be answered in-person, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. All specialties will be sharing other practice phone calls.

Connecticut Valley ENT – Current office hours are Tuesdays: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Fridays: 8:00am – Noon

Audiology Service – This service is temporarily closed until further notice.

General Surgery – Current office hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Springfield Gynecology – Current office hours are on Wednesday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Springfield Urology –  Current office hours are Fridays 8:00 am – Noon.  The Urology Clinic has temporarily been moved to the Orthopaedic Clinic (Level B of the Ridgewood Professional Building). The Springfield Hospital Level D Urology Clinic location is temporarily being repurposed for urgent/emergent Operating Room cases.

Connecticut Valley Orthopaedics – Current office hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

 

Updated March 25, 2020   –   In light of the current Coronavirus situation (COVID-19), we have made service adjustments that we feel necessary to safeguard our patients, staff and the public to the best of our ability. The following is up-to-date information regarding the current status of SMCS and Springfield Hospital services. We will keep this listing up to date with any future changes to services.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. Keep washing those hands and practice good social distancing!  We are thankful for our great staff who are committed to being here if you need us. Stay home, wash your hands, and stay well!

PRIMARY CARE:

Patient Visits are now only being offered via telemedicine (video) or telecommunications (telephone). If you have acute non-respiratory issues, please call your primary care office. For patients experiencing respiratory symptoms (including pediatrics), please call the office practice location in advance. Patients will be screened through nurse triage to determine the best course of care. If an in-person visit is necessary, patients will be sent to Springfield Health Center to be evaluated. If COVID-19 testing is needed, your primary care provider will order testing.

Patient Questions During regular hours – Please contact your primary care office.
After hours – Please call your primary care office and you will be put in touch with a night nurse for triage. For those who don’t have a primary care doctor, please call any of our primary care locations for assistance.

Charlestown Health Center, 250 CEDA Road, Charlestown, NH   603-826-5711
Ludlow Health Center, 1 Elm Street, Ludlow, VT    802-228-8867
Mountain Valley Health Center, 38 VT Route 11, Londonderry, VT    802-824-6901
Rockingham Health Center, 1 Hospital Court, Bellows Falls, VT    802-463-9000
Springfield Health Center, 100 River Street, Springfield, VT     802-886-8902.

Springfield Health Center Walk In Visits  — Springfield Health Center is continuing to offer routine walk-in visits. However, our walk-in patients with non-respiratory complaints should now enter on Level 2 at 100 River Street.

Weekend Walk-in Availability
Mountain Valley Health Center in Londonderry, VT will be closed on Saturday.
Rockingham Health Center in Bellows Falls, VT will be closed Saturday and Sunday.
Charlestown Health Center, Charlestown, NH and Ludlow Health Center, Ludlow, VT are available for patients who have acute needs AND who DO NOT have any respiratory or COVID-19 like symptoms.
** If you do have symptoms of COVID-19, please call your primary care provider and your call will be handled by our nurse triage.

Behavioral Health Visits are continuing and are now able through telemedicine visits. Please call 802-886-8914 for assistance.

Springfield Health Center Lab Draw Station and Bone Density Testing have been discontinued at the Springfield Health Center site due to their close proximity to the designated walk-in respiratory area. Lab services are being referred to Springfield Hospital’s laboratory draw location.

Dental Offices – Chester Dental office is closed temporarily; Ludlow Dental Center is open for urgent/emergency services only.

Lane Eye Associates is temporarily closed until further notice.

Physical Therapy Services are temporarily suspended until further notice.

SPRINGFIELD HOSPITAL:

No Visitors are allowed at Springfield Hospital effective March 18, 2020, except for visitors for patients receiving end-of-life care. We understand this is a difficult policy for families, however, we must do our best to safeguard our patients, staff and the public to the best of our ability. Thank you for your understanding

Springfield Area Adult Day Service – Closed as of end of day March 18th, until further notice.

All Elective Surgeries are postponed, effective March 17th, until further notice and will be rescheduled as soon as advisable.

Cardiac Rehabilitation and Pulmonary Rehabilitation are closed until further notice.

Volunteer Services have been temporarily discontinued to protect the safety of our volunteers.

Apple Blossom Cotillion is cancelled for the 2020 season.

OTHER:

Squeaky Sneakers Child Daycare — Our Squeaky Sneakers child care location in Bellows Falls is temporarily closing. Squeaky Sneakers in Springfield will remain open only to those whose parents are working in healthcare or emergency response services. We will have room for additional children from other ‘essential services’ organizations. Please contact Sara Allbee at sarajlovell34@gmail.com or slovell@springfieldmed.org for availability and further details. You may also reach her by calling 802-885-5541.