Pediatrician - New Port Richey
2044 Trinity Oaks Boulevard Suite 235
New Port Richey, FL 34655
(727) 375-5437

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Posts for tag: Covid 19

By Chris Pope, ARNP
April 01, 2020
Category: Coronavirus safety
Tags: Safety   Covid 19   Coronavirus  

We pray that you are all doing well through this difficult time. Pinellas County has issued a Safer at Home order meaning everyone should stay home with exception of essential activities (medical care, getting food, going to jobs deemed essential). We ask that everyone heed these recommendations to help slow the spread of this virus.

We will remain open to care for your children’s health needs, but we have implemented some changes to help protect the health of our patient families and staff. We are currently only seeing healthy children during the morning hours for visits such as healthy check-ups, immunizations and follow up visits for noninfectious conditions. In the afternoons, currently 3 PM and later we will see our ill patients. Prior to your appointment, you will be asked screening questions to determine if a medical visit is in the child’s best interest. To reduce the risk of COVID19 exposure we ask that only one caregiver accompany the child to their visit, and when possible, do not bring in siblings or other children who are not being examined. We will not have our sick patients in the waiting room. At the time of your appointment you will be given direction as to when to come up to the office at which time you will be escorted through our back entrance directly into an exam room. In some instances we may even be able to utilize telemedicine, however this is very new for us and there are only a few conditions which will qualify. This is a very fluid situation and things will likely continue to change quickly. Please know that the health and safety of your child is our top priority, and we are trying our best to provide care for your child in the most effective and safe way that we can. Stay safe, please practice social distancing and keep washing those hands!

 
 
 
 
By Douglass Hasell, MD
March 26, 2020
Category: Dr Hasell
Tags: Covid 19   Coronavirus  

Things seem to be getting a little crazy with this Coronavirus pandemic.  People are not getting accurate or consistent information and are starting to get confused and scared.  A few things seem clear to me regarding our current situation.  The first is that there are way more Coronavirus cases in the U.S. than have been identified thru the limited testing that has been done so far.  The second is that, because of the lack of testing availability, even as I write this, the spread of Coronavirus in the U.S. has not been contained and is most likely going to be very widespread within the next few weeks.  The current public health strategy being discussed is no longer about containment but about being able to decrease the rate of increase of new cases so our health care system does not get overwhelmed and run out of ICU beds or ventilators for the sickest patients.

The reassuring part of this for our patients is that children do not seem to be under very high risk of getting seriously ill if they get this virus.  This may not be the case however for some of our patients with underlying medical conditions.  It is these patients that need to be monitored and those caring for them to be vigilant in handwashing and social distancing to protect them.

            People need to begin changing their behavior as of today.  Keep your social distance of 3 ft. away.  Greet people with a bow or fist bump and educate them why you are doing this.  Don’t touch your face.  Wash your hands every chance you get.  Avoid public gatherings, crowded spaces and unnecessary travel.  And most importantly, Do Not Panic.  Children need to feel a sense of calm by those who care for them during stressful times to help them feel reassured. 

            If you have questions about whether your child needs to be seen or not please call our office at 727-375-5437.  We are triaging patients accordingly by phone.  I would suggest thinking of this as a Flu epidemic in terms of responding to your child’s symptoms and need to be seen.  At his point it is still not easy to test patients, but this will hopefully change soon.  This is a time for calm and rational thinking.  Let’s all stay positive and help each other get thru this together.

by Douglass Hasell, MD



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