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BRATTLEBORO — On Monday May 18, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital began reintroducing and rescheduling some of the elective surgeries, procedures, and tests that were temporarily delayed the past two months due to COVID-19. Beginning Monday, June 1, BMH resumed additional services, including outpatient practices, radiology, physical therapy, and wound care. If you were originally scheduled for an appointment with these services, the staff will be contacting you to reschedule a new appointment time in the coming weeks.

On Friday, May 22, Gov. Phil Scott announced that inpatient procedures/surgeries may now be performed at our state hospitals. BMH says it is working with its Surgical Clinician Leadership to initiate these services before the middle of June.

"We are taking every precaution to ensure all services are restarted responsibly and in accordance to state and federal guidelines, and our priority remains to protect the well-being of our patients and staff members," the hospital said in a statement.

In order to ensure patient safety, BMH implemented strict infection control precautions to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 and will continue to uphold these high standards throughout and after the reopening process. The Environmental Services team works 24/7 to thoroughly clean and disinfect all of our facilities, so patients can feel comfortable they are in a safe and clean environment when receiving care at BMH.

KEEPING YOU SAFE

BMH says it is ready and prepared to provide safe care for family, friends, and neighbors. When you do come to BMH for your appointment you will notice the following:

- At this time, BMH is still not allowing visitors with the following exceptions:

- One parent or guardian for a patient under the age of 18;

- One birthing partner for a patient in labor;

- One person at a time for a hospice or end of life patient;

- One clergy member for an end of life patient;

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- One caretaker for a completely dependent patient.

- Expect a telephone call prior to your appointment. The staff will ask a series of screening questions to check for any high-risk symptoms you may have. A clinician will share the next steps of how BMH will best care for patients.

- Be prepared for a general wellness screening upon arrival. This screening includes asking you to sanitize your hands using the provided sanitizer, as well as checking your temperature and asking a few symptoms questions.

- Bring a mask to wear when coming to and during your appointment. If you do not have a mask, BMH will provide one.

- Follow social distancing guidelines when moving throughout BMH or its practices. Remain six feet away from other patients or visitors when in the waiting areas.

TELEHEALTH VISITS

If you or a loved one is in need of medical care, do not put off contacting BMH. In fact, for many of your needs, you may be able to attend your appointment via your home computer, tablet, or smartphone. To learn more, visit bmhvt.org/telehealth. Contact your clinician's office to determine the best mode of care for your health needs.

TESTING SERVICES

BMH continues to provide COVID-19 testing services when ordered by a primary care provider. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, contact your provider.

If you do not have a primary care provider, call BMH's Centralized Scheduling Department (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at 802-251-8777 to arrange for an acute appointment.