TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES AND TELEMEDICINE
July 22, 2020
Dear Patients and Families,
Virginia Pediatric & Adolescent Center is pleased to announce that our Springfield office renovations are progressing well and as of July 6, we have been seeing well visits in both our Springfield and Fair Ridge Drive offices. Like many pediatric practices, we are strictly keeping healthy visits away from sick visits.
As of July 6, our schedule is as follows:
Scheduled well visits and conferences (no sick patients) will be seen in both the Springfield and Fair Ridge Drive office on Mondays through Fridays from 7:00 am-2:00 pm. We have a teleconference buffer to finish seeing all well patients and to enable them to leave the office before sick visits arrive. The American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association recommend that children continue to have well-child visits and vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Walk-in acute care hours will be in both offices from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm Mondays-Fridays. We will bring you straight back to an exam room or give you the option of waiting in your car, and we will contact you when your exam room is ready.
If your child has a history of wheezing and has an inhaler/spacer, please bring these with you to the visit.
Exam rooms and equipment will continue to be cleaned between each patient, we will be cleaning other common surfaces frequently, and there will be a thorough whole-office cleaning at the end of the day.
Fair Ridge office walk-in shot clinic hours as of July 6:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 10:00 am-12:00 noon and 1:00-4:30 pm; please be aware that there will be sick patients in the office after 2:30 pm, but we will have separate rooms for shot clinic patients.
Springfield Office walk-in shot clinic hours as of July 6:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 10:00 am-12:00 noon and 1:00-4:30 pm; please be aware that there will be sick patients in the office after 2:30 pm, but we will have separate rooms for shot clinic patients.
Please continue to come to our offices with only one parent if possible and try to avoid bringing siblings if they are not being seen as patients that day. We ask that all adults wear masks (without exhalation valves) and please avoid coming in if they have any fever, cough, illness symptoms, or known COVID-19 exposures.
We ask that all children age 2 and up try to wear masks when coming to our offices, although we understand if young children or those with special needs cannot tolerate a mask. We wear masks to protect you; please wear masks to protect us!
The August and September schedules are open, and we know there is always a rush before the start of school. If your child is due for a well visit, sports physical, or a conference (asthma/allergies, ADHD, behavioral issues, etc.), please call us at 703-569-8400 to schedule it.
Telemedicine visits will be available in most cases for the following types of visits:
conferences involving ADHD
social/emotional and behavioral health
some minor illnesses
There may be some situations for which we will still recommend an in-person visit. We will continue to advise patients to come in for concerns such as strep throat, ear infections, urinary tract infections, fevers in patients below a certain age or any illness for which we feel an in-person examination or lab work to be necessary to make a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
If a telemedicine appointment is felt to be appropriate, you will be given an appointment time with a specific provider and a link for the appointment by email.
Telemedicine appointments are HIPAA compliant.
If possible, it is best for you to use a computer rather than a phone so that the provider can see both you and your child.
The visit will be billed to your insurance company.
Please continue to social distance and follow good hygiene practices. Also, please understand that the coronavirus outbreak is an ever-evolving situation, and we will need to continue to change our schedule as the pandemic changes. We thank you in advance for your flexibility and patience.
The Staff at Virginia Pediatric and Adolescent Center