COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Also: Coronavirus

For the safety of your family, this information is intended for use by North Seattle Pediatrics patients exclusively.

6/3/20

The UW Medical Center is no longer screening patients at the door. The building policy requires all entering to wear a mask, as advised by Governor Inslee.

Screening questions for all appointments:
· Has the patient or a family member been sick at all over the prior 72 hours?
· Have you or anyone in your household had: fever, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain (new), or new rash?
· Has any household member been diagnosed with covid or presumed covid?
If yes, all must be quarantined for 14 days and have no symptoms for 72 hours prior to appointment.

If any of the above are yes, we will reschedule a well exam. Or if it is a sick visit, a nurse may call you for more details.

6/1/20

In web links below, there is a new article on Returning to Child Care.

5/28/20

New link below for community resources if needed during the pandemic.

5/13/20

HERE’S AN UPDATE ON WHAT NORTH SEATTLE PEDIATRICS IS DOING TO HELP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE:

OUR FOCUS ON SAFETY
Keeping patients, staff and providers safe and healthy is our top priority. When you come into the clinic to see your provider, or for lab or diagnostic services in our building, we want to reassure you that we have comprehensive safety measures in place, including:
· Screening all patients over the phone and at entry, and screening of all staff and providers
· Requiring masks for all patients over 2 years of age, parents and staff
· Rigorous cleaning protocols and frequent disinfecting of surfaces
· Adapting our spaces to accommodate physical distancing
· Keeping ample supplies of personal protective equipment for use by our staff
· Maintaining separate times and spaces for sick and well children

ABOUT YOUR VISIT
You will notice some changes when you come in to see us. Screeners will greet you at the building entrance to ask you about any recent symptoms of infection. We ask that all parents/caregivers and patients over two years of age wear masks. Please allow a few extra minutes before your appointment time for the screening process. The current recommendation is to bring only children who have appointments along to the visit and one parent/caregiver to minimize people in the building.
We have modified our waiting room to allow for physical distancing. We appreciate your patience as we adapt to our new environment.

TELEMEDICINE OPTIONS
We continue to offer telemedicine services for your safety and convenience for many types of concerns. Telemed visits are currently covered by most insurance plans. Some of the things we can use telemed for are: rashes, pink eye, follow up visits for ADHD and depression/anxiety/behavior issues, screening COVID-19 symptoms and certain injuries. Please call 206-368-6080 to schedule. A staff member will help determine if your concern is appropriate for a telemed visit. At this time, we are not using telemed for well visits. We are, however, prioritizing our morning appointment times for well visits so well children are not in the office when sick children are here.

We are also offering after hours telemed visits for urgent concerns. You can request a telemed visit with the doctor on call by calling 206-368-6080 from 5-9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Our office is still open for urgent visits on Saturday mornings 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

COVID-19 TESTING
Drive through COVID-19 testing is now being offered by Seattle Children’s by appointment. Please see this link: https://www.seattlechildrens.org/healthcare-professionals/covid-19-testing/ for more information, and call us if you think your child needs testing.

We are here for you as your child’s medical home, and we continue to strive to provide the very best medical care available for your child’s needs.

Talking with Your Children About COVID-19

We understand that this may be a stressful time while you continue to monitor your own and your child’s physical and mental health during an outbreak. The following resources are available to help you and your child during this time: ImaginAction (helps you be more in control over how you feel) and  Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety.