posted on May 13, 2020 10:01
We are open! Although our day to day office hours may vary somewhat during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are definitely open and ready to see you for the busy summer physical season.
Keeping your child’s health robust is critical in the fight against this pandemic no matter what their age. Well visits (which include monitoring your child’s health, advice on healthy lifestyle, vaccines, etc.) are important parts of keeping them healthy. This is true for children all the way up through high school and college age, as there are a number of requirements and important vaccinations to keep up with even for older children.
We know that many of you may be concerned about venturing out, especially coming into a physician’s office. We want everyone to know that we are doing everything in our power to minimize potential exposure to illness when you come to our office, including the following:
1. Scheduling visits of potentially contagious children at different times than well visits.
2. If a potentially contagious child needs to be seen during “well visit hours,” they are brought in via a separate door and put in a room
without any exposure to the rest of the office.
3. Ensuring that patients spend a minimal time in our waiting room and are brought back to their exam room as quickly as possible.
4. Using Telehealth visits when feasible.
5. All staff involved with patient contact wear masks.
6. Screening patients for COVID-19 symptoms.
7. Thorough cleaning of each room between patients.
8. Thorough cleaning of our office at the end of each day.
This is a very trying time for everyone, and we understand the concerns in relation to this pandemic that everyone has. If there is any “good news” in regards to COVID-19 and pediatrics, it is that at this point in time, the risk of not only getting the illness, but also getting severely ill, is still much lower in children than adults.
We encourage all of you to make your routine well exam and follow-up appointments as you usually would. Understandably, many of you want to wait until mid to late summer. Please keep in mind that timeframe is usually our busiest. May and early June are usually slower, with less people in the office. In addition, as many people are “home bound” currently, it may be easier timewise to make your appointments earlier than later.
As always, we are here to service your medical needs.
― from all the Docs and Staff at PSNW ―