Patients are seen in the office by appointment. For your initial visit please arrive at the office fifteen minutes early to fill out necessary paperwork. If you prefer, we can fax the forms to you in advance. Please bring your child’s insurance card to all appointments. Your cooperation is necessary to keep us on schedule. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call in advance to reschedule. Copays and other payments not covered by your child’s insurance are due at the time of service. If you are our patient and you need certain individual financial consideration, please let us know. Providing your child with optimal health care is our number one objective.
Acute Illness Appointments
Acute illnesses are problems that have recently started or have gotten significantly worse and need a doctor’s attention. Some examples would be ear pain, sore throat, fever, eye infection, asthma attack, abdominal pain or possible urinary tract infection.
We are available 24/7 to provide care for our patients.
If your child has an illness, you should always call us first unless the condition is of such a severity that an ambulance or a hospital setting is needed.
During office hours, it is the policy of our office to see any patient with an acute illness the same day if an appointment is requested. It is always best to call 410-795-7300 first thing in the morning, after 8:00 AM, if you think your child needs to be seen or if you are unsure about your child’s condition. By calling first thing, we have time to schedule an appointment and to get any indicated lab, x-ray or specialist support that may be needed to promptly care for your child. Even on weekends or holidays, if your child has a problem that you feel should not wait until the next regular office hours, call first thing in the morning. This way we can arrange to see the child, provide advice or a prescription, or direct you to wherever the best treatment could be provided.
Regardless of when you need our support we are available to help. If it is after office hours and you have a problem that you feel should not wait until regular office hours, you should call 410-795-7300 and you will be directed to the Answering Service who will provide you with the doctor on call. If you ever leave a message with the Answering Service and you do not receive a call back within a reasonable period of time, please call the Answering Service again. Occasionally there is a problem with your message or your phone number. IF YOU CALL, YOU WILL ALWAYS GET A CALL BACK BY A DOCTOR.
Routine check-up Appointments
Well Child Appointments are the routine visits scheduled at regular intervals with your child’s pediatrician. These visits usually include a history, physical examination, and time for discussion of problems. Immunizations, routine blood, urine and tuberculin tests, vision and hearing screening are all done at these visits as indicated. After your newborn’s initial office visits, infants are seen every 2-3 months for the first 12 months. During the second and third year, children are seen at 15 months, 18 months, 2 years, 2 1/2 years and 3 years. Children are seen annually thereafter. These appointments are typically scheduled several weeks to months in advance. Please call early to schedule visits needed over the summer.
School and Sports Physicals are often required by schools within the six month period before school begins. Especially for camp, kindergarten, college and Fall sports, if you know that your child will require a school or sports physical, please call ASAP to schedule.
Appointments for Chronic Issues
Chronic problems are issues that can be medical, social, emotional or academic that you feel have affected your child’s well-being over a long period of time. Some example would be allergies, school problems, developmental delays, ADHD, on-going bowel problems, or other issues that have had a long term affect. Reports from prior health care providers or the school are often very helpful in advance of the visit. When you call to make these appointments, please share with our confidential receptionists the nature of the problem. This way the appropriate amount of time can be provided.
All appointments can be scheduled by calling: