Appointment Preparation (please read, scroll down and click for appointment)
Your Pediatrician will provide preventative care, treat chronic health problems and will be Responsible for tracking and coordinating your child's care.
PREPPING YOUR CHILD
Prepare your child for the visit as much as possible. If you know what the appointment will Involve, tell your child in advance that he or she is going to the doctor and what will be done during the consultation.
“WALK-IN SAME DAY APPOINTMENT”, please call us ahead of time so we may pull the Childs chart and verify information upon arrival. If you have more than 1 child who needs to be Seen, please make appointments for each child so each can receive the appropriate time and Attention.
For your child's first appointment, PLEASE ARRIVE 20 MINUTES EARLY TO COMPLETE ALL PAPERWORK
If your child is an established patient with BECKER PEDIATRICS and you have updates to your insurance or other information. Please, be on time to make any changes, as late arrivals can Cause delays for other patients. Also, if you have questions for the doctor, please write them down before your child's visit.
CANCELING OR RESCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT
We understand that life can get busy and schedules can change; and we appreciate if you can call the office TO CANCEL OR RESCHEDULE WITH 24 H ADVANCE NOTIFICATION TO ALLOW ANOTHER CHILD ACCESS TO TIMELY MEDICAL CARE. The intent of this Policy is to prevent delays in care and utilize provider time more efficiently by reducing unused appointment slots.
We thank you for your understanding.
Symptoms Requiring Immediate care
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- Severe abdominal pain accompanied by vomiting.
- Vomiting dark green emesis.
- Grossly bloody stools or emesis.
- Purple colored rashes or a rash that look like bruises.
- Rashes that will not blanch.
- True fluid filled blisters or pimples with pus were occurring during the first month of life.
- Rectal temperature greater than 100.4 Degrees in a child less than 6 weeks of age.
- Rapidly spreading, flat rash with a high fever.
- Red rapidly swelling area around the eye or other area that is becoming larger and red.
- Difficulty breathing not explained by stuffy nose.
- Fever over 105 degrees rectally.
- Unresponsive, limp, child, unable to awaken.
- Bleeding uncontrolled by direct pressure.
It really helps us better facilitate your appointment if you complete all required forms prior to arrival. Please carefully complete our medical forms and provide a complete medical history for your child. You can download, print and bring the required forms with you. Download forms.
If possible, bring a list of all medications your child is taking, including over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and include the dosage and strength for each.
Please do remember that many diseases have the same symptoms. For this reason, most requests for treatment will require an office examination. If you believe that medication will be required, have the phone number of your pharmacy available. Please call during weekday office hours for prescription refills so that we may review your child's chart history.
Bring identification, such as a driver's license, and current insurance card that covers your child.
In order for the pediatrician to provide the best care coordination for your child, it is very important for us to receive comprehensive health information about your child’s past and current health. Download forms.
Please bring all of your child's previous medical records and request that any additional records from previous pediatricians are sent to our office. These include immunization records, growth charts, medical diagnosis notes, etc. Also, it is very important to update us on any medical care your child currently receives outside of our office. If your child is treated elsewhere, please request that all reports, including urgent care or emergency center summaries, laboratory results, are sent to our office.
-Write down any questions or concerns you have for your Pediatrician and bring them with you. If your child is sick, record any symptoms he or she is having, including when they started and their frequency.
-Take notes writing down instructions or advice will help you remember them later. Our Office staff and Medical Assistant will answer your calls and take your messages to Dr. Becker so that appropriate action can be taken. When you are seeking advice by telephone, keep these suggestions in mind:
- Before you call decide if you want the doctor to see your child. If this is the case, call early in the day (8:30am to guarantee a slot during that day).
- If our medical staff can't satisfy your needs, your message will be transferred to the doctor who will return calls as soon as he can during or at end of the day.
- Keep writing materials ready for noting any instructions your may receive.
If the condition worsens or you feel that your child needs to be seen earlier, please call the office IMMEDIATELY.
In the case of a non-life threatening emergency, call the office before going to the hospital or Urgent Care.
We will make every effort to return your call promptly. Please do remember that many diseases have the same symptoms. For this reason, most requests for treatment will require an office examination. If you believe that medication will be required, have the phone number of your pharmacy available.
We understand that life can get busy and schedules can change; and we appreciate if you can call the office to cancel or reschedule with advance notification to allow another child access to timely medical care, the intend of this Policy is to prevent delays in care and utilize provider time more efficiently by reducing unused appointment slots. We thank you for your understanding.
Visits are categorized as "well visits" and ''sick visits". Both type of appointment are an important part of comprehensive medical care.
A "Well-child visit ", we are concerned with observing growth and development, counseling and parent education, detecting illness early through screening examinations and laboratory tests, preventing illness through immunizations and getting to know one another.
'Well-care and sick care" visits are scheduled separately. Well-care examinations should not be performed when a child is sick.
Please make sure that all of your questions and concerns have been answered to your satisfaction.