Hello to our Focus on Kids Pediatrics Families!
We hope that this note finds you and your family safe and healthy! We want to thank you for being flexible and understanding as we adjust office protocols to keep patients and families as safe as possible during this unprecedented pandemic.
As you probably know, Colorado guidelines have transitioned over recent weeks as we have flattened the curve in our state. Current guidance encourages Coloradans’ access to necessary health care visits. These necessary visits include regular checkups to track healthy growth and development and routine immunization visits to protect children and prevent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease.
Your family’s health and safety is our primary concern! As such, we want to make you aware of our new office protocols and additional safety precautions.
We are continuing to schedule well, healthy patients for checkups and follow-up appointments in the morning and early afternoon. We will ask you to call upon arrival to our office. We will check you in on the phone and ensure that we have an exam room ready for your child prior to bringing you into the office. We have separate healthy/sick hours and rooms, curbside visits, telehealth, enhanced disinfecting between visits, screening of staff, and our staff will wear personal protective equipment. We do ask that you limit who is attending the visit to one adult if possible. Anyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask while in our office. If you or your child are ill, we do ask that you reschedule your well care appointment or schedule a sick appointment if needed. Our staff will call you prior to your appointment to ask the questions over the phone that we normally ask in the exam room to allow for increased physical distancing.
We do offer COVID-19 acute infection molecular testing or can refer you or your child for testing if indicated. While we do have the ability to order COVID-19 antibody testing via blood draw to detect the body’s immune response to Novel Coronavirus, we recommend waiting until a more accurate antibody test becomes available and more clear guidelines are in place from the CDC regarding the results of these antibody tests before proceeding with antibody testing.
Please know that these measures are in line with current guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). We are confident that the policies discussed above will help to maintain the best health environment for your family and all of our patients.
As always, we will remain available to address your concerns and worries during this difficult time.