We hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy. Please call us or send a portal message with any concerns about your child’s health. Below are the latest updates on how we are adapting to Covid-19 at Spy Pond Pediatrics.
How to Find Tests
We do not perform Covid-19 tests in the office. You can find a testing site near you using the state's interactive Covid-19 Test Site Locator. You can also find sites that offer free testing and relatively fast turnaround at the state's Stop the Spread website.
September 25, 2020
Our Protocol for In-Office Appointments
Please follow these steps for ALL in-office appointments :
1. Call us when you arrive, before coming downstairs. We'll let you know when it's okay to come down.
2. One parent per family. Teens should come in alone when possible.
3. Masks required for ages 3 and up.
Is a patient or parent not feeling well? Call us to reschedule!
FLU SHOTS: Read the CDC's Flu Vaccine Information Statement. Questions? Call before your visit.
Pharmacies also have the flu vaccine for ages nine and older, sometimes as young as three.
August 20, 2020
Flu Shots Requirement: This year the influenza vaccine will be critical for protecting both your children's health and those around them. The flu has the potential to increase the already high risks associated with Covid-19. Read the CDC's Flu Vaccine Information Statement.
Massachusetts now requires flu vaccinations by Dec. 31 for all students entering kindergarten through 12th grade (whether in-person, hybrid, or remote) and all children attending daycare ages six months and older.
Our office will start receiving the flu vaccine sometime in September, and we will send notifications to all our patients at that time. In addition, many pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens have the vaccine available now, for ages nine and older.
April 28, 2020
Sick Visits: During the pandemic, I will be available to see patients mainly via video calls, in addition to communicating via phone and our patient portal. Since these will often replace office visits, they may entail a copay or deductible amount (depending on your health plan’s rules). In specific limited circumstances, I may also see some patients in the office.
Well Visits: We are keeping scheduled well visits only for certain groups of children, such as those needing vaccines and others with specific medical conditions. We are rescheduling all others to the summer or fall.
Face masks/coverings should be worn by all parents and by children ages three and over, when coming to the office. All should be in good health prior to the visit.
Only one parent per family may come to a visit. For all patients, I will take histories by phone in advance. Parents should ask me questions in advance of the visit by phone.
Older teens (14+) should come into the office alone if possible. Parents may bring older teens to the visit and wait upstairs, and I can speak to them by phone after the visit if needed.
Additionally, we are taking the following precautions in the office: only one family will be in the office at a time, with visits spaced at least 45 minutes apart; a maximum of one patient and one parent will be allowed in an exam room; and we are sanitizing exam rooms between visits.
April 7, 2020
I am currently only seeing scheduled well visits for children two years or younger who need their routine childhood vaccinations. For families with older children who have upcoming physicals scheduled, we will call you the week before to reschedule (most likely to the summer).
Morning walk-in continues to be cancelled. We do not have Covid-19 test kits.
March 16, 2020
Walk-ins: Morning walk-in is cancelled until further notice. Please call for an appointment instead.
Symptoms: In general, if you or your child is showing symptoms of cough and fever, please do NOT come to the office, even for a scheduled well visit. Instead, call me at 781-443-0140 so we can speak first and decide if a visit is the best course of action. I do not have Covid-19 test kits in my office.
Well visits: I will contact families directly about any changes required for well visit appointment dates or times. I appreciate your help in trying to limit the spread of infection, and hope you are managing well in this time of uncertainty.