We will be offering Covid Vaccines by appointment beginning mid June. Vaccines will be given by appointment only in the Covid Vaccine Clinics. Please call our office to speak with a staff member to be scheduled or placed on a call back list. We are excited about being able to provide this vaccine in our office for our patients.
Sanford Pediatrics is continuing to look for ways to provide the best care for our patients even in the midst of Covid. To ensure the safety of all of our patients and staff, we are carefully screening all of our patients’ needs via phone. Of course, the preferred method of evaluation and treatment is to see your child in the office, face to face. During the Covid pandemic that may not always be the safest way. Your child’s health is of utmost importance to us and we do our best to keep everyone safe. We are offering a couple of additional options for children if they are sick and need to be evaluated by a physician. We may suggest a “TELEHEALTH VISIT” or a “PARKING LOT VISIT” if you child is having an symptoms that may be Covid related.
WHAT IS TELEHEALTH AND WHEN SHOULD I USE IT?
Telehealth is the ability to evaluate your child and determine a plan of treatment by using modern technology. You do not have to have any specialized equipment. It can be done by your cell phone if you have an I phone, or via your home computer if you have a camera and speaker. Many homes have this ability due to virtual school. Using a phone or computer with a camera allows the doctor to actually see your child and assists in performing the evaluation. If you do not have an I phone or access to a camera, Telehealth can also be provided with a simple phone call. If your child has or has had in the past 48 hours symptoms of fever, cough, congestion, or known exposure to anyone who has tested positive for Covid in the past 14 days, we may recommend you visit with the physician via Telehealth. Keeping your child at home for their initial evaluation if indicated protects everyone. If your child has a medical need, call our office and we will help you determine the best plan of treatment for your child. If we recommend Telehealth for your child, we will help you through the process to do that. Most insurance companies consider Telehealth to be covered the same as they do for your in office visits. The co-pays and deductibles apply the same as they do in the office but they do consider it a “covered service”. Please feel free to contact your member services representatives if you have questions about your individual benefits.
WHAT IS A PARKING LOT VISIT AND WHEN SHOULD I USE IT?
A Parking Lot Visit, is available when you child needs to be seen in person, but has possible Covid symptoms but has not had a negative Covid test. To ensure the safety of your child and the other patients we have reserved spaces in our staff parking lot for Parking Lot Visits. If this is a good option for your visit the staff will direct you to come to the parking lot and where to park and call to check in on arrival. These appointment much be scheduled. We cannot see patients on a unannounced drive in basis. Once you arrive and park in your assigned space, the physician will come to the parking lot to evaluate your child, provide tests if needed and treat based on the exam and evaluation.
We look forward to being able to see all of our patients back in the office. Until we can safely do this we hope these additional options will be an acceptable alternative. Telehealth visits and parking lot visits are covered by your insurance based on your benefits. Insurance wise, parking lot visits are treated the same as an in office visit as you are seeing the physician, in person, face-to-face. Please ask a member of our staff if we can be of any further assistance.
The time is coming soon for you to select your plan. If you do not select a plan, one will be chosen for you and you may have to receive care at another practice. Please let us know if you have any questions.
If you select one of these plans, you CAN still be a patient at Sanford Pediatrics:
- Carolina Complete Health Network
- United Healthcare
If you select one of these plans, you CANNOT be a patient at Sanford Pediatrics:
- AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
The decision is yours. But if you do not decide, a doctor and plan will be chosen for you. Let them know your choice.
Sanford Pediatrics is excited to welcome a new board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Radha Guddati, to our practice beginning March 8th. She is looking forward to meeting and providing excellent care to patients. Dr. Guddati comes with over 10 years of experience in primary pediatric healthcare. She is multi-lingual, including English and Spanish, and is looking forward to meeting her new patients. She has appointments available and is accepting new patients, so give us a call. Come help us welcome Dr. Guddati to Sanford Pediatrics.
We are carefully evaluating our patients by phone prior to scheduling appointments to ensure your safety. We will continue to provide routine wellness visits and immunizations as it is important that we continue to protect your children against other communicable diseases that we have vaccines to protect against. If your child is due for a well child visit or immunizations, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
We understand that many of you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19. At Sanford Pediatrics, you and your child’s safety is our top priority and we are taking every precaution to keep your child and family safe.
As COVID-19 continues to spread, we urge all families to practice good hand washing and “social distancing” by staying 6 feet away from people outside the home, and by not attending large group gatherings. The primary goal of our country needs to be to slow the spread of the virus so that our healthcare system is not overwhelmed, and our vulnerable patients are not at risk.
Any patient with a COUGH or FEVER will be directed to our triage nurse to assess symptoms. We will assess your individual situation and give you recommendations for your specific case. The CDC has very specific recommendations for testing for Covid 19 and we are working hard to adhere to the recommendations. We may be able to provide what you need in our office, but we may need to offer alternative measures for evaluation and care. If your child has symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19, they may be directed to another facility which has the personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc) available and will be able to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the interest of providing the best care for all patients, please be very upfront and inform our staff of all your symptoms when scheduling.
If you have an appointment we ask the following:
- When you arrive for your appointment call before entering the building. We will do check in from your vehicle and have the nurse meet you at the door when your room is ready for your visit.
- Only one adult per child for visits. Only bring the child with the appointment for the visit.
- All persons in the building over the age of 5 years old are required to wear masks.
- Leave siblings at home or have someone come and sit in the car with them while you are seen for your visit.