In order to continue to provide the best and appropriate care for your children while following current guidelines we have created a new patient flow. These changes will allow us to continue to serve all our patients. These are unprecedented times, and we are evaluating patient needs weekly and will increase hours as needed. Please keep in mind that the situation is fluid and we will keep you informed of any changes we are making.
Updated Office Hours: Effective 03.23.2020
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm (Phones turn on at 7:00am)
Saturday: 8:00am- 12:00pm (Phones turn on at 7:30am)
We will be closed from 12:00pm-2:00pm for deep office cleaning but will be available by phone and live chat.
In keeping with the recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on the importance of check-ups and immunizations, we have made changes to our schedule:
- Wellness Exams will be offered from 8:00am-5:00pm.
- These providers are only seeing well visits!
- Sick appointments will be from 8:30pm- 5:00pm
- Appointments may be outside in your car
- Appointments are also offered in isolated hallways in our office
COVID-19 TESTING IS NOT AVAILABLE!
In respect to upcoming visits at Potomac Pediatrics, we recommend the following:
- Keep your well child exams – We continue to believe that well visits and vaccines are very important for your child’s overall health. We ask for your flexibility as these schedule adjustments are made.
- Utilize telemedicine – Telemedicine can be a great tool for many visit types. If interested, please email email@example.com
- Please be aware we are not able to do telemedicine well child exams. It is not in line with the current AAP recommendations, and it is crucial for us to monitor the growth and development of your children and to ensure they remain on schedule for recommended vaccines.
- Follow CDC guidelines regarding seeking care if you or your child have been exposed or potentially exposed
- Follow all CDC, federal, and local guidelines for up to date information on COVID-19
- If you are sick, STAY HOME
- Avoid all public gatherings of more than 10 people
- Limit non-essential public activities as much as possible
- If able, keep children home from daycare
- Avoid indoor play places, museums, gyms, pools, etc.
- Avoid non-essential domestic air travel
- Avoid playgroups and playdates
Potomac Pediatrics has set the following guidelines when deciding when/where to seek care:
- Make an appointment (never walk-in)- Please call for an appointment if you child has fever, respiratory symptoms, and:
- is younger than 2 and has had fever for 2 or more days
- is older than 2 and has had fever for 3 or more days
- has respiratory distress or trouble breathing
- Is not drinking enough to urinate 3-4 times per day
- has an underlying chronic medical condition
Present to the Emergency Department (when possible call us first)
Reasons to go to the emergency room are the same as with other illness:
- Severe or persistent respiratory distress
- If your child is less than 2 months and has a fever
As the Coronavirus situation evolves, our policies and recommendations will as well. Please check the website and Facebook page regularly for this updated guidance. As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns.
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