COVID-19 UPDATES

Your family’s health and safety will always be our top priority. Please read carefully.

COVID-19 Information

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that “doctors prioritize in-person newborn care and well visits and immunizations of infants and young children.”  We feel it is imperative, now more than ever, to protect our patients.
  • To adhere to NWH guidelines, we are asking that ONE parent/guardian/caregiver accompany your child(ren) to their visit. We realize this may not always be possible with newborns, please inquire if you an extenuating circumstance. Please do not bring siblings unless they have a scheduled appointment. This applies to both Newton Wellesley and Newton Corner locations.
  • If you need to schedule a COVID-19 test, we can refer you to MGH’s COVID testing line, urgent cares in the area, or directly to Newton-Wellesley. Please note, if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19 and needs to be cleared to return to school, a PCR COVID-19 (not antibody or antigen) test will need to be performed and resulted. 
  • Effective October 2020, our Newton Wellesley hospital location will see well visits during the morning hours until 2pm for any age patients. We will reserve afternoon hours for sick visits. 

  • Check in for all in-person appointments is by phone. Prior to proceeding into the office, we request that you call once you have arrived to the parking lot to complete the check in process.

  • If you are being seen at the NWH location please call 617-969-8989. For Newton Corner, please call 617-969-8989 and then select *7

  • To ensure safety, we screen all patients for COVID-related symptoms; please be patient with our staff as they ask necessary screening questions prior to your visit.

  • All staff wear appropriate PPE; we ask that all parents and children wear masks whenever possible. We will provide you with a mask if you do not have one.

  • Patients will be called into rooms directly. The rooms are cleaned and sanitized adhering to the strictest guidelines.

  • To comply with social distancing we ask that, whenever possible, children be accompanied by only one adult. 

  • Virtual visits (telehealth) are appropriate for many concerns: medication checks and follow-ups, evaluation of rashes, headaches, constipation, ADHD and asthma management, general developmental or behavioral questions/concerns, mild respiratory illness and minor injuries.
  • Per order of Governor Baker, health insurers must cover telehealth visits, with no cost sharing for patients or families.

  • In order to have a virtual visit, you must sign up for My Chart (our electronic health record portal); all patients 13 years and older MUST have their own account. 

  • For all virtual well visits, please weigh and measure your child prior to the visit.

COVID-19 TEST LOCATOR

*If you or your child are asymptomatic for COVID-19 but would like to be tested for reasons such as exposure, travel or contact with a high risk person, you may contact an urgent care to schedule a test. Please follow up directly with urgent care for your results. Please visit the link below provided by the Department of Public Health to find an urgent care near you.*

PLEASE NOTE, IN ORDER FOR US TO CLEAR YOU TO RETURN TO SCHOOL, YOU WILL NEED TO GET A  PCR COVID-19 TEST!

COVID-19 FAQ'S

Helpful information provided by Boston Children’s Hospital

COVID-19 SYMPTOM CHECK LIST

Here at PNW, we are currently unable to offer in-office COVID-19 testing. Although we are waiting on supplies needed to test in our office, we are available to see your sick child. This can be done either in-office or virtually. We can then refer you to MGH’s COVID testing line, urgent cares in the area, or directly to Newton-Wellesley. Please note, if your child needs to best tested for COVID-19 and needs to be cleared to return to school, a PCR COVID-19 ( not antibody or antigen) test will need to be performed and resulted. Below is a link to the algorithm currently used to determine the need for testing for your convenience. 

RETURNING TO SPORTS AFTER COVID-19

The AAP is now recommending that any child who tests positive for Covid should get their doctor’s approval before returning to exercise or sports. If you receive a positive test result outside of our office, please let us know.  Click below for more details. 

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Call us at 617-969-8989 with any additional questions. Thank you for your patience during this time. Stay safe!