In an effort to prevent the spread of Coronavirus while providing the best care to our patients, Oscar Pediatrics is changing how office visits run. The health and well-being of our patients and families is important to us. For now, here are all the things you need to know. We will continue to provide you with updates as they become available.
Before Your Next Visit
Please call the office to schedule a visit to Oscar Pediatrics. You will be able to speak to our triage nurse to discuss whether you should come into the clinic.
Good news: Coronavirus usually causes just mild illness in children. The most common symptoms are fever and cough. Many children have no symptoms at all. Like all viruses, there is no treatment that our clinic (or emergency rooms/urgent care clinics) can provide to speed the healing process. Even if you think your child may have coronavirus, you probably WILL NOT need to visit our clinic.
Primary reasons your child will need a sick-visit appointment in the office are
Any fever (>100.4F) in a baby under 60 days
Respiratory distress, including a barking cough, increased work of breathing, or cough that interferes with sleep or play
Sore throat in the absence of cold symptoms
Ear pain for more than 2 days in kids older than 2 years old, or in conjunction with fever in kids younger than 2 years old
Fever above 100.4 for more than 5 days
Well-child checkups may be postponed, but some may still need to be seen in the office. If you call us, we can help you decide when to schedule a visit.
If you need to see a provider in the clinic, you will follow new clinic visit guidelines outlined below.
At Your Next Visit
We ask that only one parent/guardian accompany the child during the visit. If you have other children, it would be best to leave them with someone at home or have them stay with an adult in the car during the office visit. This will help us to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
When you arrive at our office, do not come inside. Please park in the parking lot, stay in your car, and call our office to let us know you have arrived.
To call our office: (908) 653-1001
When you call, please tell us the patient’s name and date of birth. We will bring the forms to your car. Call us back when you finish the paperwork and are ready to be seen.
Remove all extra clothing and leave unnecessary bags/toys/other belongings in the car.
We will call when a room is ready. We will collect your copay (if applicable) and tell you the room number where you should go.
If your child is younger than 15 months old: You will walk straight into your assigned room. No need to stop at the weigh station.
If your child is older than 15 months old: You will walk to the weigh station where a nurse will get your height and weight. Then you will walk straight to your assigned room.
Your nurse and provider will visit you in the exam room. After your visit is over, your provider can schedule a follow-up visit while they are in the room with you.
When you are finished, you and your child can walk directly out of the office back to your car. You do not need to stop at the front desk on your way out.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please call our office.
Our office hours are changing temporarily; We will be here from 10am-4pm (M-F) if you need to be seen in the office.
These changes are designed to keep all our patients and staff safe and we will continue to work to provide you with the very best care!