Free Behavioral Health Telehealth Consults

We hope all of our families are staying healthy! It is so important to stay mentally healthy as well as physically healthy.  Our wonderful behavioral health team at Pediatrics 5280 is offering free 15 minute telehealth consultations for parents, teens, children and families during the Covid-19 crisis.  This telehealth consult is not providing therapy.  The consult could include an informational session, mental health resources, and if needed, referrals for additional care with a behavioral health provider.  If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please schedule a consult using the following portal:  https://natalie-vona.clientsecure.me/home

 


COVID-19 Faqs

Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions:

During this time of social distancing, it is still very important for children to receive regular medical care and vaccinations. We will continue to provide this essential service to the community. We are taking extra precautions to provide safe care, including scheduling only well care in the mornings and sick care in the afternoons and enhanced cleaning procedures in the office. We also now have the ability to schedule telemedicine appointments with our providers.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, and shortness of breath/difficulty breathing.

People may also experience headache, body aches, vomiting/diarrhea (more in children).

The symptoms can be similar to many other viral illnesses, such as the common cold or influenza.

Who needs to be tested for COVID-19?

Currently testing for COVID-19 is still limited due to the number of tests available at this time. Testing is prioritized for those requiring hospitalization and health care workers. At this time, COVID-19 testing is not being routinely recommended for otherwise healthy people with mild respiratory symptoms. It is recommended to stay at home, isolate from others and treat with supportive care.

How to treat COVID-19?

Although some COVID-19 illness can be severe and require hospitalization, most individuals recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids, and taking pain and fever-reducing medications. COVID-19 is a viral illness so antibiotics will not treat the infection. It is crucial to stay at home and avoid being around others. The current recommendation if you do not qualify for testing is to self-quarantine at home for at least 7 days from onset of symptoms and until symptom free for 3 days. If exposure to confirmed case of COVID-19 and you develop symptoms, then it is recommended to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.

When do kids need to be seen in the office if they have viral symptoms?

You have concerns about your child’s breathing – breathing seems harder or faster, wheezing noises, or struggling to breathe. If concerns for croupy or barky cough – please call. If your child has asthma and is not responding to breathing treatments. Dehydration – not having at least 3 urines per 24 hours, or unable to take liquids by mouth.
Fever higher than 100.4 that is lasting for more than 3 days

What is social distancing and why is it so important?

Currently, the information that is available shows that COVID-19 infection is generally milder in children and young adults. Some children can actually be asymptomatic (symptom free) even if they are infected and can spread COVID-19 without knowing. This is why it is so important to stay home, practice social distancing (avoiding play dates, group playground equipment, or elective get togethers) in order to help prevent and slow the spread of the virus. It is okay to go outside when the weather is nice – just avoid groups. It is recommended to stay 6 feet apart to prevent spread.


Telemedicine is here!

We have exciting news! Telemedicine is now up and running at the office! Call (303) 779-5437 to schedule a telemedicine appointment today!

About Telemedicine

During this time of social distancing it is still very important for infants, children and teenagers to have access to regular medical care and vaccinations.  We will continue to provide this essential service to our community.  We are taking ongoing extra precautions to provide safe care, including scheduling only well care in the mornings and sick care in the afternoons in the office, and enhanced cleaning protocols.  

We now also have the ability to schedule telemedicine appointments with our providers.  When you call to schedule an appointment, our front desk or triage nurses will discuss your concerns and determine if the visit needs to be seen in the office, or if a telemedicine/video appointment would be an option.  Our staff will then walk you through the telemedicine process.  These visits are billed through your insurance just like a regular in-office visit.  Please call the office with any questions or concerns. 

We are here to care for your family as always!

 


Update from our Behavioral Health Team

From our behavioral health team at Pediatrics 5280:

We hope you are managing to stay calm during this unprecedented time. We are wanting to implement some precautions to keep the children and families with whom we work, and our team members, safe. Here are a few updates regarding behavioral health appointments with Dr. Vona or Sarah Sutherland to make sure we are keeping everyone safe and comfortable during this time.

1.    Your behavioral health provider will contact you prior to your appointment to determine the best way to deliver services in the safest and most comfortable way for you (e.g. in person, phone, telehealth, or alternative location).

2.    If you or someone in your household has had a cough or fever in the last 48 hours or if you have been around someone who has had a cough or fever in the last 48 hours, we are asking that you cancel your in-office appointment with Dr. Vona or Sarah Sutherland and telehealth appointment will be offered.

3.    When you arrive for your appointment with Dr. Vona or Sarah Sutherland at Pediatrics 5280, you will be entering a side door on the south side of the building. We are asking that families wait in their car rather than in the waiting room during patient appointments (unless it is a family session). Your clinician will give you specific information when they contact you prior to your appointment.

4.    Payment options and any needed paperwork will be discussed at the beginning of the session by your provider.

5.    We ask that you use the hand sanitizer that will be available before you enter the office.

6.    We will be cleaning our therapy materials and offices with disinfectant after each therapy appointment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our behavioral health team leader, Dr. Natalie Vona, at 720-971-9774


Coronavirus Update 3/16/2020

Our office is continuing to closely monitor the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic. This weekend, Colorado moved from a containment to mitigation approach to the virus. What does that mean? There is now evidence of COVID-19 community spread in Colorado. This means that people who have mild cold symptoms in the community may be infected with COVID-19, but may be unaware that they are affected, allowing for spread of the virus. The focus of the medical community and our community in general must now be on limiting and slowing the spread of the virus. This includes crucial practices like staying home when you are sick and social distancing. The CDC is now recommending avoiding all gatherings of over 50 people, and recommending avoiding even smaller gatherings if possible.

Due to these recent developments, you may notice some changes in the office starting this morning. We are following the CDC and CO Public Health Dept recommendations to help prevent spread of COVID-19 and keep our patients, families and employees safe and healthy.

1.    Scheduling: We are now scheduling all well visits and counseling visits in the mornings and all sick visits in the afternoon in both offices. You may notice increased separation in the waiting area, or that you have the option to wait in your car rather than the waiting area until we are ready to room you for your appointment. We ask if possible to minimize the number of people coming to the appointments during this time. You may notice increased screening questions when scheduling, and we ask if any respiratory sick symptoms, that you reschedule your well visits.

2.    You may notice staff wearing personal protective gear like masks and gloves. This is for both the protection of our staff and protection of our patients. You may notice increased cleaning procedures in the office. There will be enhanced cleaning over lunch break, at the end of each day and routinely throughout the day.

3.    Telephone triage: Due to the increase in call volumes, please be patient as we get back to you as quickly as possible. We are encouraging mild cold symptoms to stay at home. Please call if you have questions or concerns and we can determine if you should be seen in the office, or if home care is best. Currently testing for COVID-19 is prioritized for those requiring hospitalization, health care providers and high risk patients (the elderly, those with chronic underlying medical conditions, immunocompromised patients, those on dialysis, etc), or known COVID-19 exposure and have developed symptoms. At this time, COVID-19 testing is not recommended for otherwise healthy children with cold symptoms. We are recommending staying and home and supportive care.

We know this is a truly unprecedented situation, and we thank all our families for your patience and understanding as things are rapidly changing even from day to day. We are here and committed to keeping the health of our Pediatric 5280 families and employees as our priority.

Thank You!

Your Peds 5280 Family. 


Coronavirus Update 3/13/2020

Given the recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, we want to keep our families updated.  As mentioned in our last post, our office is putting into place policies designed to keep our patients, families and employees safe and healthy.  You may notice some increased screening questions before scheduling an appointment, additional office cleaning procedures, and the absence of toys and books in the waiting room and exam rooms.  We are currently advising that you please do NOT come into the office if you have concerns for coronavirus infection or exposure.  Please CALL our office and we can talk you through any concerns and tell you if testing is recommended.  Currently all COVID-19 testing is being completed through the health department at drive through testing centers.  We are not testing in the office.  After telephone screening, if testing criteria is met, we can then provide a doctor’s order that is needed for testing and instruct you where to obtain the test.  The current criteria for testing is very limited because the number of tests available is very limited.  Orders will only be sent to you through the mychart portal or postal service mail, avoiding coming into the office.  A great trustworthy resource to stay up to date on the rapidly evolving situation is the Colorado Department of Public Health COVID-19 website.  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus 

Keep washing those hands, covering those coughs, cleaning those surfaces, and staying home if you or your children don’t feel well.  Wishing all of our families a safe and healthy weekend! 


Coronavirus Update 3/8/2020

Recently, there has been a lot of media coverage of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  We will be sharing more information and resources in the coming days on our social media pages and here on our website.  Our office is working on putting into place additional practices to keep our patients, families and employees safe and healthy.  

Currently, COVID-19 is more severely affecting the elderly community, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, and appears to have a much milder course in pediatric patients.  There currently have been no deaths reported in young children. 

To prevent the spread of the virus, we recommend increased hand-washing (lasting 20 seconds) with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose as much as possible, and covering coughs and sneezes. Staying home if any sick symptoms and limiting travel to areas with a high level of COVID-19 cases, per the CDC guidelines, is also advised. 

Resources recommended for families: The CDC website (www.cdc.gov) has the most up to date list of where the COVID-19 outbreak is occurring as well as travel recommendations. 

CDC COVID-19 Update

Families can also contact the Colorado Department of Public Health (CO-Help) at 303-389-1687 with COVID-19 questions. 

With the constant media coverage, it is natural to feel worried or anxious about COVID-19.  We wanted to share a recent thoughtful response from an infectious disease physician. 

Hear from an Infectious Disease Physician

 


ASK study in Castle Rock office on Tuesdays

We are pleased to announce that the ASK (Autoimmunity Screening for Kids) study will be offering free diabetes and celiac screenings to children age 1-17 in our Castle Rock office on Tuesdays.  This is a valuable service that has been offered at our Centennial location for several years – now also available in Castle Rock!


Discontinuing Newborn Care at Parker Adventist Hospital

We will no longer be seeing newborns at Parker Adventist Hospital after 12/31/19 due to low patient volumes. We apologize for any inconvenience, but please know that your infant will receive excellent care from the hospital based pediatricians during your stay.  We still recommend a weight check appointment in our office within 2 days of discharge, as always.