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Our Updated Covid-19 Response

Our Updated Covid-19 Response

Our office continues to do everything in our power to make sure that we protect you and your family while still being able to be your medical home. We have laid out the quick facts about the changes in our office below and on our site. Please call our office at 540-349-3225 to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions or concerns. 

    • Scheduled Telemedicine calls are still available and covered by most insurances!
    • Immunization visits are critical and still being scheduled like normal for children up to 18-months-old and for those headed back to school or engaged in sports. 
    • In-person appointments are limited to one healthy guardian and one patient to follow safe social distancing guidelines. To further protect you and your family, we have scheduled Well Check appointments in the morning and sick visits in the afternoons.
    • Masks are required! 
    • Check-Ins are done by phone, while you are still in your car. Please call the office to let us know you are here. We will then “call you back” into the office for your appointment.
    • Online and by-phone payments are open and available! 

Our office hours have changed to 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday at both locations. Saturday remains the same, from 9 am – 1 pm, in the Linton Hall office, by appointment. Our office phone triage will start at 8 am. We encourage you to call early in the day whenever possible. As always, there is a provider on-call after hours.

We are not able to provide testing in the office at this time. If your child has symptoms suspicious for COVID-19 but is doing well, we will discuss home care. Please understand that we are trying to keep suspicious cases out of the office at this time. If testing is required or beneficial, we will arrange for a proper test to take place. 

We are cleaning exam rooms and common areas diligently and frequently. We want to thank you in advance for your patience and adherence to these changes. We know that these measures will work well because our families are willing to abide by them.

For more details, visit our COVID-19 Precautions FAQ page here.

Please help us to help all our patients and families remain safe and healthy. As always we are here for you and your family.If you need us, please feel free to contact us!

Pool Safety For The Summer!

Pool Safety For The Summer!

Pool safety is one of the most important things to think about during the summer months that somehow we never think about. Below are some of the biggest things you can do to protect your children from the number one cause of death by unintentional accidents in kids from 1-4 years old and the number two cause of death in children 5-9 years old. 

But we don’t have a pool in our yard? We only go to the public/neighborhood pool, and they have lifeguards. 

Unfortunately, just because you and your family do not have a below or above ground pool in your yard, that does not mean that every single house your children visit does not. Even during this pandemic, we know that isolated family and neighborhood events are beginning to open back up. Please ask the parents of your children’s friends and your neighbors if they have a pool. If the answer is yes, then ask if they have four-sided fencing around that pool. If the answer is no, then that means there should not be any unsupervised time alone at that particular house. 

While perhaps not even open during the pandemic, public pools can, in normal circumstances, be crowded and overfull. Having a dedicated parent or guardian who watches over your children while swimming and playing is always recommended and heavily encouraged. Accidents happen, and we want to provide our children with the safest and most secure fun. 

 

At Home Fencing

It is not enough to have three-sided fencing around your pool. That may prevent neighborhood children from accidentally finding themselves in your backyard pool but, it does little to nothing to prevent your children from exiting the backdoor and falling into the pool completely unobserved. 

While fencing is not legally required in many states, and it may not aesthetically match the look that your family wants for the backyard, your children being safe, and preventing drownings are more important. 

If you have an above-ground pool and fencing is impossible, remove the exterior ladder and anything else that is used to enter the water entirely from the pool area after you are finished swimming each time. This will prevent children from trying to swim or get in the water without you. 

 

Keeping a Well Maintained Pool Area

Along with having a professionally clean pool that is clear and easy to see into, removing any toys or water floats from the pool and the deck area will help keep your backyard pool safe. Children are curious and playful. If they see their brightly colored toy at the bottom of the pool and no one is around, they will want to get in to play. Removing that temptation removes that particular risk. 

Keeping a shepherd’s crook or pole, Coast Guard approved ring, and floats in the same place on the pool deck will allow you to react quickly if the need arises. Ensure that any drains or suction are properly covered and taken care of to prevent swimmers from being caught and held underwater. And if possible, cover your pool with a ridged, preferably motorized, cover every time you are not actively in the water or on the pool deck watching your family. 

 

Don’t Trust Pool Floaties

As discussed in previous blogs, pool floaties, arm floaties, and floating loungers are not to be trusted to prevent your child from drowning. They are only toys and should only be used with direct parental or guardian supervision.  

The only kind of floatation devices that can be trusted to protect your child are those labeled with “Coast Guard Approved”. Even then, those devices are only to be used with direct supervision. 

 

Older Children Need Supervision Too

Health issues, muscle cramps, or passing out can happen to older children and even adults. If unsupervised, these too can lead to drowning. Just because somebody can swim doesn’t mean they should swim alone. And never mix swimming or supervision with alcohol. 

We hope this helps you get a good jumping-off point in your family’s pool and water safety journey. Talk with your kids about the dangers of being in the water by themselves, just like you explain about crossing the street, or talking to strangers. And while texts from family and friends are fascinating, please don’t let them distract you from making sure the children are swimming safely. 

Please call our office at 540-349-3225 if you have any questions or concerns about water or pool safety or just want to speak with your provider. 

 

Working From Home With Your Family

Working From Home With Your Family

Now that online summer school dates are being announced, regular school years are ending, and fall at home looks more and more likely, we have compiled a few tips on how to juggle being an at-home parent and an at-home employee.  read more…

Getting Active at Home

Getting Active at Home

Being cooped up inside or in the backyard with the whole family can be stressful, and cause some tension when teens, school age, and preschool children are together all the time. One great way to tire everyone out and help manage excess energy and anxiety and depression symptoms is to be active. We have some tips and tricks for broaching the topic of being active with your teens, activities that are well-disguised exercise, and things to do outside while still following social distancing guidelines.  read more…

Things To Do Inside!

Things To Do Inside!

We know that by now, you have been inside for a while, and sometimes, all the days seem to be the same. You might be running out of things to do with your family. Well have no fear! We have compiled a fun list of things to do during screen time, without technology, and story-time!  read more…

Spring Is Still On The Way!

Spring Is Still On The Way!

With everyone hanging out around the house and the yard, there are still some springtime regulars to be on the lookout for. Especially with the weather heating up poison ivy, poison oak and ticks are out and spreading. We want everyone to be able to enjoy going outside safely as much as possible during this time of social distancing. read more…

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

With all the new information and new guidelines that have been sent out recently, we wanted to gather everything together in an update for you.  read more…

Common Sense for Coronavirus

Common Sense for Coronavirus

We know there is a lot of worry and anxiety surrounding the recently classed pandemic of Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19. We want to assure you that our office will do everything we can to help your family and to prevent the spread of the disease.  read more…

Spring Fever is Almost Here

Spring Fever is Almost Here

Spring is coming! With the rash of warm weather that we have been having, our least favorite part of spring is almost here; seasonal allergies are repeated or frequent cold-like symptoms that can last for a week or two at a time, around the same time every year. Most allergies are easy to spot by the reaction closely following your child spending time around a particular allergen like cats or pollen. The most common symptoms to look for in your children are: read more…

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