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COVID-19 Update

Information on Well Visits and Practice Changes

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that well child visits continue during the pandemic, especially for children under the age of two needing routine vaccines, as well as all other age groups, especially if they need vaccines or testing. At Weston Pediatrics, we certainly agree, as the health, well-being and safety of your child is our highest priority! We are modifying how we deliver care at Weston Pediatric Physicians to meet your child’s needs in a safe and efficient manner.

Effective immediately, our staff will be contacting patients with upcoming scheduled well-child visits, to review the changes we have implemented. To ensure the safety of our patients, staff, and providers, we have reconfigured our practice workflow so that there will be no waiting in the waiting room or check-in at the front desk. When you arrive, please remain in your car and call 781-899-4456 to check in. At that time, you will be asked about your health and the health of your family, as a screen to protect everyone. A nurse will then meet you at the front door and will immediately take you to your exam room, which has been thoroughly cleaned. After the visit, your nurse or provider will escort you out of the building. We are staggering visits and room use to ensure as best as we can that there will be no contact in hallways with other patients or parents. Above all we will continue to not see children with any respiratory illnesses.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU, WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU and WE CARE ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH AND SAFETY.

About the Coronavirus

The Coronavirus is most commonly spread through coughing or sneezing between people in close contact with each other.  It presents as a mild to severe respiratory illness, with symptoms that include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Please see the links below for some helpful information and resources.

www.mass.gov

www.cdc.gov

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Weston Pediatrics Offers Walk-in Hour for Sick Visits

In order to provide the best possible care and customer service for our existing patients, Weston Pediatric Physicians is pleased to announce the implementation of a walk-in hour for sick visits. This exciting new service is available now!

Important things to know

  • Walk-in hours are Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m., with the exception of holidays.
  • Patients are seen on a first come, first served basis.
  • Walk-in visits are with a Nurse Practitioner or Physician, based on provider availability.
  • We will do our very best to accommodate all walk-in patients in a timely manner. Please know, however, there may be times when patient volume results in a wait to be seen.

Scheduled sick visits with a specific provider will continue to be available throughout the day.

What is appropriate for a walk-in visit?

  • Conjunctivitis, sore throat, ear pain, fever, rash, minor injury

What is not appropriate for a walk-in visit?

  • Head injury/concussion, chronic health problems or concerns. These are best managed by the patient’s primary care physician at a scheduled visit.

Patient Gateway

patientgatewayWe have developed a service on the Internet that will help you communicate more effectively with our office. This is called the Partners Patient Gateway, and will provide you with access to our office staff and health information using your web browser.

We would like to invite you to participate. By enrolling you can reduce the time you spend on the phone with our office and help us respond more efficiently to your requests.

You must log in when you receive your password to keep your account active.

Patient Gateway features:

  • Password-protection—offering secure access to messages and medical information
  • Simple, pre-filled forms that streamline your requests for:
  • Prescription renewals
  • Appointments requests
  • Referral authorizations
  • Registration updates
  • Ability to view health information available in your child’s medical record ages birth–12, and limited access for both you and your teen ages 13–17
  • Appointment information (past and upcoming)
  • Medication and Allergy data
  • Immunization history
  • Conditions and procedures
  • Lab results and letters
  • Radiology Reports
  • Health Forms
  • Clinician-approved health information in clear, everyday language

To sign up for your child or teenager, please click here to download the authorization form. Please print the form, fill it out, and bring the completed form with you on your visit. The patient representative (parent or guardian) must be present to be signed up. All patients 13 years of age and older must also be present in the office to sign the form.

There is just ONE more thing you need to do. Once you receive your username by email, and temporary access key through the mail, you MUST log in to activate your account.

CPR Certification Class

Weston Pediatric Physicians is happy to announce that we will now be offering CPR certification. Classes will be offered monthly and are not limited to our parents. This course is appropriate for parents, grandparents, babysitters or any adult interested in becoming CPR certified.

When scheduling please give your preferred contact information to insure we can reach you if we need to change the date. We do require at least 3 participants in order for a class to be held.

This course is designed to teach the skills of CPR and foreign body airway obstruction for the infant, child, and adult, and provide instruction in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Participants will receive official certification from the American Red Cross. Certification is good for one year.

Please call (781) 899-4456 for more information.

Prenatal Information Meeting

Weston Pediatrics offers prenatal informational meetings once a month in our office at 6 p.m. We understand that this is an exciting time in your lives and you may have many questions. The meetings are for newly expecting parents, to answer any questions you may have regarding your newborn. This is also a time to see our office and meet one of our Pediatricians who will be hosting the meeting.

The next meetings are scheduled for:
May 21 with Dr. Dieffenbach
June 2 with Dr. Brownell-Krupat
July 15 with Dr. Andler

If you are interested in signing up for a meeting, please call our office at (781) 899-4456.

Cancellations of Scheduled Appointments

We recognize that it is sometimes a challenge to schedule appointments to meet our patients’ various time schedules. In order to better accommodate your requests, we are asking that you notify the office as soon as possible regarding appointments that need to be cancelled or rescheduled. This will allow us time to fill that vacancy with someone on our waiting list.

Because of the frequency of missed appointments there will be a $25.00 charge if the office is not notified at least 24 hours in advance.

Thank you for helping us to provide better access to our practice.

Sincerely,

The Physicians of Weston Pediatrics

Ear Piercing

We now offer ear piercing for children 5 years of age and older. Please call your Provider’s secretary to schedule an appointment.

WPP’S Statement Regarding Use of OTC Cough/Cold Medications

Despite the popularity of use for treatment of the common cold, over the counter cough and cold preparations containing antihistamine and decongestant have been shown NOT to be helpful, and in some cases, harmful to children, especially those less than 6 years of age. For this reason, these products are no longer available over the counter.

Uncomplicated upper respiratory infections have been shown to resolve equally well with symptomatic treatments such as saline nasal drops, humidified air and encouraging reasonable fluid intake.

Additionally, recent studies of the use of codeine for cough suppression indicate that there is no data to support its use as a cough suppressant in pediatric patients.

Therefore, WPP does NOT recommend the use of these medications for the treatment of common cold symptoms (in children less than 6 years of age) and there is little evidence of their effectiveness in older children.