A Letter to our Patients, March 30

Consolidation of Facilities

Effective Wednesday, March 25, we will consolidate our Newmarket and Raymond centers. To reduce the risk of potential COVID 19 exposure we ask that patients come to their appointments alone, or with the minimum number of support people possible.

Newmarket

Our Newmarket center will be providing 100% telehealth services. Newmarket patients should continue to call the Newmarket phone number for their primary care. Newmarket patients who require in-person visits will be scheduled at the Raymond center.

Raymond

Our Raymond patients will be able to access telehealth appointments.

InteGreat Health

Services provided at InteGreat Health will now be available at our main Nashua center.

All patients need to call before coming to the health center. This is so our staff can assess which type of appointment will best meet your needs. There may also be specific instructions we will ask you to follow. Any instructions from our staff are in place for your safety and the safety of our staff. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Changes in Health Center Services

To help reduce community spread, protect patients and staff at our facilities, and allow us to focus on providing patient services we have made some changes to our normal operations. Below is the most up to date changes to our usual services. Thank you for your understanding.

Hours of Operation

All three health centers are now open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. In-person visits will take place between 10 am to 2 pm. If you need care outside of these hours, please call the health center number and you will be directed to our after-hours service.

Senior Transportation

Senior Transportation services have been suspended at this time. There may be additional updates to this program depending on how long this situation persists. If you are an existing client of the Senior Transportation program and are facing challenges, please contact our health center and we will do our best to assist.

InteGreat Health

The InteGreat Health program has been suspended at this time. Patients receiving primary care services through InteGreat are encouraged to contact the Nashua center at (603) 883-1626 for any primary care needs.

Teen Clinic

The drop-in Teen Clinic hours as suspended at this time. For medication refills and depo injections, existing Teen Clinic patients should call the Nashua center at (603) 883-1626.

Dental Programs

The School-Based Dental Program and the Tots & Teeth dental program are suspended at this time.

Recovery Group

The Newmarket Recovery Group is suspended at this time. For any patients who need assistance during this time, please call the health center.

Classes and Workshops

All classes and workshops scheduled for March, April and May have been postponed. When we are able to reschedule these programs we will update our Classes & Workshops page.

X-Ray Services and PT/OT Services

Starting Tuesday, March 24, Exeter Hospital will no longer be offering X-Ray, Physical Therapy, or Occupational Therapy services at our Newmarket and Raymond locations.

If You Have Symptoms of COVID 19

COVID 19 symptoms

Call your primary care provider!

Lamprey Health Care is screening our patients who have a fever and respiratory illness for COVID 19 risk. We may be able to evaluate your symptoms over the phone, or we may want to see you to evaluate your condition.

If you have symptoms of COVID 19 we may recommend self-quarantine to help prevent the spread of the virus to others.

Should I just come down to the health center?

All patients need to call before coming to the health center. We have protocols in place to ensure the safety of all patients and staff. Additionally, there may be specific instructions we ask you to follow. Any instructions from our staff are in place for your safety and the safety of our patient care teams. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Resources for Patients

The following community organizations are providing assistance during the COVID 19 pandemic.

General

211 NH: Free information and referral for health and social services. Dial 211 or visit 211NH

Nashua Area – United Way of Greater Nashua: Resources for the Nashua community United Way Website

Newmarket/Raymond Area – Connections for Health: COVID 19 resource section on homepage www.cfhnh.org

Food

Strafford County Food / Nutrition Assistance: Information is organized by food pantries, meals to go, 68 hours of hunger, and school meals. Stafford County Food Resources

Rockingham County Food / Nutrition Assistance: UNH Cooperative Extension “Food Access Map” seeks to connect communities with up-to-date food resources better. UNH Food Access Map

Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter: Meals are available on a to-go basis. Breakfast is M-F: 8:30 am – 9:30 am, Dinner is M-Sat 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 1:30 pm. Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter

Nashua residents who need food at home: The United Way launched SHOP UNITED as a solution for people who are quarantined or otherwise unable to get groceries. This volunteer-driven system allows the community to order food. Volunteers will shop and deliver to the individual’s doorstep. SHOP UNITED

Greater Nashua Food Council: A mobile app with a link to Covid-19 Quarantine Food Resources. Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Swahili. Download at Google Play and Apple App Store. Links available on their website. Greater Nashua Food Council

School Supports

Nashua School District: Services available for students and families include bagged lunches. Nashua School District

SAU 16 / Exeter: Supporting family nutrition needs. Working with specific family or student support needs, e.g., homelessness and support services typically delivered in the school.

Students who receive in-school Behavioral Health support from Seacoast Mental Health Center (SMHC) are eligible for ongoing services via Telehealth. SAU 16 Resources

Statewide: A NH Department of Education resource for educators, family/caregivers of students, and students themselves. NH Learns Remotely

Medication

Walmart: Offering home or curbside delivery for seniors to get prescriptions. Call 1-(800) 2refill (800-273-3455).

CVS: Providing free delivery of prescriptions for all NH residents. Individuals must set up an account online. CVS Delivery

Walgreens: Providing free delivery of prescriptions for all NH residents. Individuals must set up an account online or access this through their app. Walgreens Delivery

Mental Health Support

Connections Peer Support (services are free, no referral is needed): Available Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 10:30 pm, and Sat-Sunun 5:00 – 10:00 pm. Services available to any community member needing behavioral health peer support. Online support groups beginning in early April and expanding in the coming weeks. Call (603) 427-6966 or (800) 809-6262 or visit Connections Peer Support

Seacoast Mental Health Center: Services are available via Telehealth. Open access has been temporarily suspended. They are accepting hospital discharges and people that have been assessed from emergency services. All intakes are remote (via Zoom). ‘Facebook LIVE’ sessions will be starting shortly, for targeted Support (anxiety, parents/families, etc…) and positive social activity (music). Check the SMHC Facebook page; it is not yet linked to their main website. (603) 431-6703, (603) 772-2710, Seacoast Mental Health Center, Seacoast Mental Health Center Facebook page

Greater Nashua Mental Health: Many services maintained Telehealth, with some services offered in person. Open access is temporarily suspended; the intake line is open for anyone.
Intake line: (603) 889-6147 business hours
Emergency line: (800) 762-8191 after hours.
Hospital discharges: (603) 402-1574
GNMH COVID Resources

NAMI New Hampshire: Offering Facebook/online support groups as well as a resource line. 800-242-6264 (press 4) NAMI Support Groups.

Visiting Nurse Services

Cornerstone VNA: Providing services including home care, palliative care, and hospice, as well as private home care, homemakers and nursing, PCAs, and LNAs. Telehealth is used as part of regular service delivery. (603) 332-1133 Cornerstone VNA

Housing

Exeter Housing Authority: Offices are closed, applications accepted via telephone. Paperwork is being mailed or assistance provided to facilitate applications. Guidance on access to senior housing is being followed, limiting access to only essential services and Meals on Wheels. It is recommended that anyone with a loss of income (whose rent is income-determined) notify the Housing Authority or housing program immediately to have rent adjusted. (603) 778-8110

Legal Assistance

NH Legal Assistance: Legal assistance is available for regular referrals, including evictions due to COVID-19.
People 60+, contact the Senior Law Project: 1-888-353-9944
Non-seniors, contact LARC: (603) 224-3333 or (800) 639-5290
Hosting a virtual tenant rights workshop to cover changes to rent, eviction, and Support for housing since the onset of COVID-19. April 2, Register for the Tenant Rights Training Workshop

Substance Use Disorder / Recovery Support

Farnum Center: Reopened to Detox. (603) 622-3020 Farnum Center

SOS Recovery: Recovery coaching, peer support, and telephone recovery. (603) 841-2350 Strafford Recovery

Unity Recovery Virtual Meetings: Free online recovery meetings. Unity Recovery Meetings

Revive Recovery Support Center (Nashua): Expanded Telephone Recovery Supports Services. Available 8:00 am – 9:00 pm, Monday – Saturday, and 12:00 – 4:00 Sunday. (888) 317-8312

Hope for New Hampshire Recovery (Manchester): Hosting several online recovery meetings each day and provides access to recovery coaches and one-on-one peer support. Hope for NH Recovery

Access to Phones

New Hampshire Healthy Families members: SAFELINK phones are available through NHHF. SAFELINK has extended unlimited minutes to clients for April. Contact NHHF if a phone is needed for one of their members. NH HEALTHY FAMILIES

Transportation

Nashua Transit System: On-call van service available for essential trips.

Resources for Parents

Parents, we’ve pulled together some resources to help you and your children through the COVID 19 pandemic.

General

PSB kids resource list for Coronavirus. – Discussion for parents with links to free PBS video content on proper handwashing and sneeze techniques and rest.
Kids ask coronavirus questions with thoughtful answers. A good resource for kids who would benefit from factual information.
But Why? A Podcast for curious kids – Episode “Coronavirus For Kids, And The Science Of Soap”
Brains On.  Episodes  “Staying home: How social distancing helps fight coronavirus” and “Understanding coronavirus and how germs spread.”

Handwashing

Teaching handwashing to kids – a simple song with instructions on thorough hand washing

Mental Health for Kids

Videos

Cosmic kids yoga – “Owl and guard dog” anxiety discussion is linked here. Channel has lots of kids yoga videos that link to popular movies or kid-friendly themes.  Meditation skill-building.
Alo Yoga kids playlist. Yoga poses for kids (brave dino, puppy meditation, etc)
Howard Wigglebottom Courage  – Gently Animated story of facing fears and having courage. “It’s okay to be scared.” Channel has several videos addressing emotions
New Horizon  Meditation for kids. Audio only.- several scripts to choose from.

Books on YouTube

The Rabbit Listened – link to read aloud of book. Animals offer many unhelpful solutions to Taylor’s problem. The rabbit listened. Written by Cori Doerrfeld
Grumpy Monkey – link to read aloud of the book. Monkey wakes up grumpy. “Shoulds” don’t help him feel better. The companionship of a friend helps. Written by Suzanne Lang
My No No NO Day – link to read aloud of the book. Bella is having a hard day.  She gets support and a chance for a better day tomorrow. Written  by Rebecca Patterson
Quick as a Cricket– link to read aloud of the book. Animals represent many aspects of the same child. “Put them all together and you’ve got me.” Written by Audrey Wood

Podcasts

The Calm Kids Podcast: Stories by kids, for kids to unwind and go to sleep relaxed and happy.
Be calm on Away Island is a soothing podcast to teach self-regulation and calm.

Applications

App: Breathe Think Do. Help a Sesame Street monster calm down and solve everyday problems in this interactive game. (Free)
App: Ninjafocus. Meditation scripts. Yoga poses. Mindfulness activities. Sleep music. Bedtime Stories. (Offering all content free for 90 days due to closed schools)
App: Children’s Meditations. Meditations for focus, relaxation, and sleep. (6 free scripts with an option for in-app purchases of additional content)

Miscellaneous

Mindful Schools is offering mindfulness classes for kids free for the next few weeks! Join for mindful activities, mindful movement, read-alouds.
Resource:  Printable Lego Figure emotions chart

For at-home kids (and their parents)

Family Rhythm, Discipline, and Routine
Whole Family Rhythms offer free downloadable guides that are designed to help plan, create, and animate a peaceful, balanced, and holistic rhythm at home, flowing between structured, adult-led activities and child-led, imaginative free play.
Sundays With Sarah – ideas for crafts, stories, finger-plays, and parent tips for napping, discipline and other topics. Waldorf education.
1-2-3 Magic Blog – positive discipline tips on a variety of topics
Love and Logic Blog – Positive parenting and teaching techniques to build healthy relationships with kids.

Creating

The Making Foundation – Roanoke-based woodworking shop that specializes in problem-solving, empowerment, DIY, and working with kids. Daily #@makethemost videos/challenges for making at home during social distancing.
Easy Kids Crafts: DIY kids craft videos with well-organized playlists for holidays and seasons
Taproot Magazine Coloring Book – free printable
Mr. Printable – free printable games, crafts, and coloring pages

Science

But Why? Podcast for curious kids – But Why is a show led by kids. They ask the questions and we find the answers. Are unicorns real? How is paper made?
Smash. Boom. Best  Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families  Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best. Cats versus Dogs. Pizza versus Tacos. Super Speed versus Super Strength.
Brains On. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions ranging from the science behind sneezing to how to translate the purr of cats.
Earth Rangers — A sound-rich dive into nature and animal science.

Stories

“Circle Round” adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10.
“Stories Podcast”: fairy tales, folk tales, Peter Rabbit, original fiction for kids.
“Myths and Legends”: Stories from around the world. Best for older kids. There are warnings for disturbing content at the beginning of the show.
Story Pirates — Stories written by kids are woven into a narrative about a musical-theater company’s magical misadventures.
Girl Tales — Feminist fairy tales written and performed by playwrights and actors.
“The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel”.  Serial Mystery Story for ages 8-12.

Music

Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child — An hourlong show that will introduce the family to the best in kids’ music, every week.
The Music Box — Each episode is a lesson about a musical concept featuring interactive activities.
Ear Snacks — The children’s musicians Andrew & Polly explore different themes through songs and interviews.