WELL CHILD VISITS
We provide well child visits, otherwise known as "routine physicals", for all children from newborns to college-aged young adults. During these visits, a detailed assessment of the child's physical, mental, social, and developmental health are obtained. We consider these regularly scheduled visits essential to preventive health care. Immunizations and necessary screening tests (such as hearing, vision, lead, etc) take place during these regularly scheduled visits.
Standard well child visits take place at the following ages:
Newborn, 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years and yearly through age 21.
Please remember to schedule your well child visits ahead of time. It is ideal to see the same primary care pediatrician or pediatric nurse practitioner for each of the well child visits to have continuity of care.
SICK VISITS AND FOLLOW-UP VISITS
When your child is sick or has ongoing medical issues that need to be addressed, he or she may be scheduled for a sick visit or a follow-up visit. Sick visits can be scheduled on the same day based on urgency and provider availability. Follow-up visits can be scheduled days or weeks ahead of time. During a sick visit, the acute issues at hand are addressed. Unrelated issues are better left for well child visits or another appointment dedicated to that issue.
We are open every other weekend on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 12 pm for sick visits only. Please call our main number as early as possible after 8 am if you would like to schedule a same-day sick visit or receive medical advice on the weekend. After weekend office hours, you may leave a message for the on-call doctor if you have an urgent concern and need medical advice. We now are sharing weekend urgent medical care with Newton Pediatrics located at 32 Union St., Newton Centre 02459 as of 09/30/2016
If your child experiences a true medical emergency, call 911. There are several emergency departments in the area. If your child is taken via ambulance, follow the paramedics' or EMT's recommendations on the best emergency department to go to for that particular issue.
If your child has a developmental, behavior, or mental health concern, you may see your pediatrician in a consultation visit. A consultation visit may be 15, 30, 45, or even 60 minutes, depending on the nature of the issue. An example of a consultation visit is evaluation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
If you are expecting your first child and would like to visit our practice to meet the providers and staff, please schedule a prenatal visit. You may meet with individual pediatricians or meet with our clinical nurse manager to learn more about our practice. These visits are free of charge.
You may schedule a nurse visit for various reasons, such as a tuberculin skin test reading, certain immunizations, weight check, etc. Please call to determine if you child needs a nurse or provider visit. Nurse Visits for Immunizations are scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.
NEWBORN CARE AT NEWTON-WELLESLEY HOSPITAL
If your baby is born at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, our pediatricians will provide daily visits and medical care for your newborn. Our practice is conveniently located in the medical office building at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, so we are always close to you and your newborn.
If you baby is born at another hospital, such as Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, or Tufts-New England Medical Center, Mount Auburn Hospital, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, or elsewhere, the pediatric hospitalist at that particular institution will take care of your baby. After discharge from the hospital, we will see your baby in 1 to 3 days in our office. Please call our office at the time of your baby's discharge from the hospital to schedule a newborn visit.
INPATIENT CARE AT NEWTON-WELLESLEY HOSPITAL
If we admit you to the pediatric unit at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, we will manage your child's medical care in a comfortable community hospital setting. We have the benefit of taking care of your child with the help of the in-house pediatric residents from the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Residency program. We work together with pediatric subspecialists on site as needed.
If you are admitted to an outside hospital, the pediatric hospitalists at that particular hospital will manage your child's care. Your pediatrician will communicate with those physicians to stay involved with your child's care throughout their hospitalization.