Fox Chase Pediatrics is Here for You and Your Children
Dear Fox Chase Pediatrics Family,
We know you are likely facing many changes and disruptions in your personal and home life as we face the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Here at Fox Chase Pediatrics, we want to help guide you as you navigate your child’s health during this time. We are taking steps to ensure safe and effective care to all of our patients.
- In order to best continue to treat and examine our patients, we will be making several changes. We will be separately bundling sick visits and checkups. For an example, we may see all well patients during the morning hours and sick appointments in the afternoon based on staffing and availability. We are also minimizing the number of patients in the office at any one time.
- It is still very important for our youngest patients to be seen for their well appointments, especially to follow their growth and development, keep to their immunization schedules, and address their other necessary health concerns. Immunizations are important to prevent many other life-threatening diseases. We strongly encourage you to continue to keep their vaccines on schedule. If you have any apprehensions about bringing your child in for their well visit during the next few weeks, please feel free to call, and we will be happy to talk with you.
- For all visits, we have been very diligent about cleaning rooms between patients and practicing appropriate hand hygiene. We have been deep cleaning our rooms.
- We now have a “telehealth” medicine program, which would allow us to video call you from the comfort of your own home. Appointments that may be done via telehealth would include behavioral health visits, certain rashes, allergies, stomachaches and cold-like symptoms. If we feel your child needs to be seen in the office after we consult with you on the phone, we will set up an in-office appointment. We hope this helps to keep our volume of sick patients in the office lower as well as allow you to feel more comfortable keeping your child home.
- As for testing and diagnosing COVID-19, we are continuing to follow the CDC’s guidelines.
- If your child has come into contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19and showing symptoms, we ask you to call our office and we will direct you further. The best thing you can do as you wait for testing is to keep your child at home and quarantined.
Fortunately, the vast majority of children thus far have shown to have mild symptoms of COVID-19; however, they can still spread the virus to neighbors, grandparents, and friends. As of right now, we do not have any test kits at our office, but we will continue to keep you updated.
Please know our doctors, nurse practitioners, and dedicated staff are here for you. We will happily answer any questions or concerns you have and encourage you to reach out at any time at 215-728-7711.