The providers and staff at Pediatric Associates of Westmoreland have procedures in place to ensure your health and safety during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
First, we want to reassure you that although this is a pandemic situation, for many of us the Coronavirus will be a mild illness. For children who have contracted the virus, they have handled the infection remarkably well – reasons for this are still being researched.
We also want you to know that PAW will continue to remain open and available to you. We are committed to our patients and will be here for you – especially during this trying time.
With the well-being of all of our patients in mind, we have adjusted how we schedule our sick and well visits. Our well visits will be scheduled during the mornings and sick visits will be scheduled during the afternoons. We apologize for any inconvenience but appreciate your understanding.
It is very important for children to stay on track with their routine well visits and immunizations. We are taking every precaution to keep your children healthy. This is the reason behind scheduling sick visits in the afternoon. In addition, all rooms are thoroughly cleaned before and after each patient per CDC protocols. It’s important, now more than ever, for children to be protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.
When you schedule a sick visit, we will be screening patients experiencing symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus BEFORE ARRIVING at one of PAW’s offices.
If you or a family member has a dry cough, fever, sore throat, exposure to Coronavirus, or a concern about the virus, please call us BEFORE coming to the office or going to the hospital. We will triage over the phone and determine the best course of action. Please do not go to Children’s Hospital or your local ER if you have concerns about the Coronavirus without calling us first. We are trying to only send those requiring emergency care to ensure that care is available to those who need it most.
If it is determined that the patient should be seen in one of our offices, we will set up a time to do so as soon as possible. If testing is recommended, we will discuss how to proceed. If supportive care at home with quarantine is the proper strategy, we will discuss that as well.
This pandemic has brought new challenges to each and every one of us. Our goal at PAW is to be here for you and your child while keeping everyone as safe as possible. We thank you in advance for your flexibility.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.