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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES

We are actively monitoring the Coronavirus outbeak both here and abroad and are updating our practice policies as needed.  Please see below regarding important office changes and recommendations:

TELEMEDICINE VISITS STARTING:

In this uncertain time we are tying to continue to provide health care services to the fullest extent possible.  We understand that at this time anxiety is at an all time high.  In order to keep providing care while you stay in the safety and comfort of your home, we are working hard to schedule as many telemedicine visits as possible. While we recognize that there is no replacement for the face-to-face in person visit, we will do our best to continue caring for your children by conducting follow up and sick visits via telemedicine (face-to-face via computer or phone). Our doctors, physician assistant and nurse practitioner will be available Monday through Friday to assess your child and provide guidance and treatment recommendations over the phone or computer.  We will continue to remain open for necessary well visits and sick visits that cannot be adequately assessed via phone.  Telemedicine visits should be covered by insurance companies but extent of coverage may vary based on individual insurance plans.

Please call our office to schedule your telemedicine visit.

MESSAGE TO FAMILIES:

We at Seaside Pediatrics are continuing to monitor the Coronavirus developments in our area. The safety of our patients, and their families, are our utmost concern. Fortunately children are doing very well handling this virus! However, they can spread the virus to others and our concern extends to all family members as well as to our community.

We would like to keep you informed as to what you, as parents, can do and we, as your children’s health care providers, are doing to keep you all healthy. 

First of all, stay calm and listen to the sound advice of the experts. Social distancing means keeping your kids at home or playing outdoors observing social distancing. If your child is slightly ill the best place for him or her is likely in your home and we can provide telehealth visits to evaluate and to offer guidace. Most cold illnesses require only supportive care with fluids and rest. Teach them to cough into their elbows instead of into their hands. Have them wash their hands frequently and for a sufficient amount of time (two “Happy Birthday” choruses). The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a cold virus with cough, runny nose, a sore throat and fever. However, if your child is experiencing signs of respiratory distress they should be evaluated either in our office or the ER depending on the severity. For emergencies call 911. For anyone who would like a telemedicine visit please call to schedule.

We now have a completely separate waiting room with separate entrances in our Bluffton waiting room. There are designated waiting areas to separate the sick and well in the Hilton Head office. We are doing our best to get sick patients back to an exam room immediatley or may ask them to wait in their cars to keep our waiting rooms as empty as possible. 

Our receptionists will be screening all healthy and sick patients for COVID-19 exposure, recent travel, and for symptoms. For respiratory symptoms with fever you may be asked to wait in your car with your chid and a provider will examine your child outside of your car in the parking lot. If we have examined your child and think it is appropriate we have the ability to perform a test in the parking lot. We can also send our patients, with a doctor's order, to the testing site at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. There is a free screening through MUSC hotline via their website muschealth.org/virtual-care  (enter password COVID19 to avoid the $25 charge).  The local emergency rooms are able to perform the tests as well, but may require being seen for a visit. 

For children or parents with fevers or if there are multiple siblings and an exam room is not immediately available, you will be asked to wait in your car until there is an exam room. We will take your cell phone number and call you when your room is available. If possible we are asking parents to have only one healthy parent bring the child with the appointment and leave siblings at home.

We have removed all of the toys, books and magazines from our offices so please bring your own to entertain your children.

It is important to keep your children healthy and up to date on their vaccines. We will be devoting early morning hours only to health visits of babies and young children.

With the children home from school take this opportunity to spend quality time with your children. Spend time reading, playing games, coloring, doing puzzles, arts and crafts, going outdoors and keeping up on school work. Have your children keep on on their exercise with a You-Tube 30 minute daily PE class called P.E with Joe (Joe Wicks). Keep routines as much as possible and avoid excessive screen time, media exposure or scary discussions about the virus. Children can become very anxious and they need your reassurance to stay calm. Together we can get throughout this and keep us all healthy!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call our office at 843-757-8663. Our after hours line is 843-422-9464.testing, but they prefer you contact your healthcare provider or the hotline first.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

We are in need of the protective N95 masks to continue to protect our staff and patients. These are the masks used in the construction, landscaping and painting industries, but can now be lifesaving to healthcare workers. Please check your gargages, supply closets, trucks and homes and consider selling or donating these to our office. We would be forever grateful!

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Pediatrician - Bluffton
167 Bluffton Road, Suite G
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 757-8663

Pediatrician - Hilton Head
15 Hospital Center Commons Suite 100A
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 757-8663

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