Hi Legacy family!
I hope this letter finds you and your family safely tucked away at home. I want to update you on what is going on at Legacy Pediatrics as we continue to maneuver through the COVID pandemic.
As of late, we have been seeing children ages 0-2 years old for their physicals in order to keep them up-to-date on important childhood vaccinations. Starting Monday, May 4th, we will be expanding what constitutes an essential visit to include children 0-5, 11, 12, 16 and 17 years of age who are due for physicals.
The reason for the change is to continue to keep everyone up-to-date on vaccinations. We do not need a preventable disease outbreak to occur (measles, meningitis, or whooping cough), while we continue to carry out the needed mitigation actions of staying home, wearing masks when out, and observing the six feet of social distancing. The New York Times published an article discussing the necessity of continued vaccines.
Legacy Pediatrics will continue to require the following measures to ensure everyone’s health and safety:
- Everyone will be asked to call the office at arrival and will be met at the door.
- Anyone over 5 years of age must wear a mask.
- Everyone’s temperature will be taken before entering the office.
- Only 1 parent/guardian may accompany the child/teen for their visit (with the exception of newborn visits)
- Any sick visits will occur at the end of the day in designated “sick” rooms, long after all other visits have ended.
- There were will be rigorous cleaning of rooms between patients.
We are not allowing patients/families in the waiting room, and we ask that all forms be completed online before the visit, so that the time spent in the office is kept to a minimum. All physical forms will be sent through the patient portal prior to the scheduled appointment.
Lastly, we are available for visits other than physicals. Those needing appointments will start as telemedicine visits, and in some cases, may turn into office visits when a hands-on exam is needed.
We have streamlined this process, and are confident that we can safely see an increasing number of patients for their routine physicals as we move through May and into the summer. Once we know that the numbers of COVID infections, hospitalizations, and deaths are decreasing, we will let you know how we will be handling the summer schedule with continued care to protect everyone’s safety.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
At Legacy Pediatrics, we provide comprehensive medical care from birth through young adulthood. We have a team of experienced nurses and providers who treat a full range of medical issues, whether chronic, or acute as well as having subspecialty expertise in hematology, outpatient infectious diseases, newborn care, development pediatrics, lactation and mental health. Our practice is small, and we strive to stay that way so we can provide individualized care to our patients.
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