Well visits are designed to assess your child's health, growth and development, and to prevent disease and accidents. These visits also give caregivers an opportunity to answer your questions and to provide helpful guidance. Well visits are scheduled in advance with your primary physician or with the nurse practitioner who is teamed up with your child's physician.
Because we believe that continuity of care is important, we advise the following schedule of visits:
- • 2 days after hospital discharge for newborns
- • Again at 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years and 3 years
- • Annually after age 3
If your child has special needs, we will schedule appointments with your child as needed.
- • Weekdays: After 4:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. the next morning
- • Weekends: After 11:30 a.m. on Saturday until 7 a.m. on Monday
During after hours, your calls are answered by our Message Center. The operators at the Message Center relay messages to the physician who is on-call. If you know early in the day that your child is sick and may need to be seen by a pediatrician, please call before 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and before 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Our office shares on-call after hours with Buttermilk Falls Pediatrics. This means each practice covers alternate days.
Appointments for sick calls can be made early each morning. Our reception staff starts answering the phone
at 7:00 a.m. To schedule an appointment call:
- • Northeast Pediatrics 257-2188
- • Adolescent Medicine 257-5067
If you have a question that requires medical advice or if you need some help deciding on whether to bring your sick child to the office, the receptionist will have you speak with a nurse. The nurse may advise you, help you set up an appointment, or consult with a pediatrician. Be sure to give the receptionist or nurse enough information to enable her to recognize a serious problem and give it priority attention when necessary.
Our pediatricians have a telephone consultation hour from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. To reach us, call 257-2188. Our receptionist will page the pediatrician with whom you wish to speak and the pediatrician will return your call.
We schedule visits for sick children early in the day, at midday, in the late afternoon, and as needed in emergencies.
We will try to schedule you with your primary care team whenever possible. Illness in children often occurs suddenly and needs prompt attention. If your primary care physician is busy with scheduled patients, an available provider will see your child.
If you have a life-threatening emergency, dial 911 for the EMTs and ambulance. If you need to reach us in an emergency, call 257-2188. Be sure to give the receptionist or Message Center operator enough information to make clear the urgency of the situation.
If your child needs immediate medical attention and we cannot be reached right away, call the Emergency Department at Cayuga Medical Center for advice. The telephone number there is 274-4411.