Monitoring Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Lawrence Community COVID-19 Testing Center
How to View Your COVID-19 Test Results
Suspension of Elective Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery
Mobile Testing Schedule in Lawrence
Hospital Visitor Policy
Outpatient Clinic Hours
Lawrence General Hospital has remained committed to safely caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the public health crisis, and as we resume elective procedures in accordance with the four-phase guidance issued to hospitals by Governor Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services, our priority continues to be the health and safety of patients and staff.
We will continue following stringent infection prevention processes and implementing specific precautions to ensure a safe environment for essential patient care services. Here are some of the new changes you'll see on your next visit to Lawrence General Hospital:
- Use of masks and face coverings by everyone in the hospital
- Screening of possible COVID-19 symptoms for all incoming patients
- Separate care zones for COVID and non-COVID care
- Social distancing measures and visual prompts in reception areas and throughout the hospital
- Frequent cleanings and thorough disinfecting
- Restricted visitor policy and expanded time between scheduled appointments
- Receptionist uses protective gloves to receive identification and insurance cards before removing gloves and using hand sanitizer
We hope these new proactive measures and our continued commitment to safety give you peace of mind knowing Lawrence General Hospital is prepared to safely meet your health care needs.
The process of receiving care may look different, but one thing that will never change is Lawrence General Hospital's commitment to meeting the wide-ranging health care needs of Merrimack Valley.
Common COVID-19 Symptoms
- New sore throat
- New cough
- New runny nose or nasal congestion
- New muscle aches
- New shortness of breath
- New loss of smell
Suspension of Inpatient and Outpatient Elective Surgery (Updated December 1, 2020)
PLEASE NOTE: Effective Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Lawrence General Hospital will be temporarily suspending elective surgeries in order to effectively provide full access to the urgent and emergent care needed in our community, including a full array of emergency, trauma, and diagnostic services. Lawrence General will continue to monitor our patient census, regional data and the larger trends on COVID-19 hospitalizations carefully and will resume these elective services as soon as possible. We continue proactively planning to ensure access for our region’s most critical healthcare needs and are working collaboratively with regional and state public health officials in this effort. This decision was made as a result of the continuing surge in COVID-19 diagnoses and hospitalizations occurring in the Merrimack Valley and across the state.
We recognize that this is difficult news for patients whose elective surgeries are scheduled during the next few weeks and we thank you for your understanding. Lawrence General will continue to monitor our patient census, regional data and the larger trends on COVID-19 hospitalizations carefully and will resume these elective services as soon as possible. We are working collaboratively with regional and state public health officials in this effort.
In the interim, we want to urge all patients to maintain routine, non-hospital patient care appointments and to seek emergency medical care at Lawrence General Hospital if you believe you are experiencing a life-threatening health issue. The many primary care and specialty physicians affiliated with Lawrence General Hospital can provide important routine care that helps avoid emergency needs and diagnose challenging issues early; this care should not be interrupted.
Visitor Policy (Updated November 5, 2020)
Limited Visiting Hours: 12 – 2 pm and 4 – 6 pm, daily
Lawrence General has updated its visitor policy due to increasing community spread of COVID-19. These measures have been made to protect the health and safety of patients and staff. The new policy is effective on Monday, November 9.
- Visitors must be screened for possible COVID-19 infection.
- No visitors under the age of 18 years old are allowed in the hospital. People waiting to visit a patient should wait outside, rather than in hospital waiting rooms, until the time of their visit.
- This means no visitors are allowed for adult patients. Surgical services, intensive care, end of life, labor and delivery, and pediatric patients are exceptions.
- Intensive Care Unit: Each patient will be allowed one adult visitor over the age of 18. The visit can last up to 30 minutes. The visitor will remain the same person throughout the duration of a patient’s stay.
- End of Life Patient: Each patient that is negative for COVID-19 and has reached end of life is allowed two adult visitors over the age of 18. The visit can last up to 60 minutes. The visitors will remain the same persons throughout the duration of the patient’s stay.
- Screening completed by hospital personnel
- Mask covering nose and mouth
- Hand sanitizer applied
Lawrence General routinely conducts reviews around our preparedness for coronavirus and have put in place safety protocols based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).
On Campus Shuttle Service
As a precautionary social distancing measure, the hospital is temporarily suspending all shuttle services as of Monday, March 16. This includes shuttle rides for visitors, patients, and staff from the parking lots and to Marston and Canal Street.