In response to the evolving public health crisis, we are currently doing the following to protect our patients, staff, and pediatricians:
We require face masks or face coverings in all of our clinics, including the exam rooms, for anyone 2 years and older. Please bring a face mask or face covering from home. The state order does not require a letter from your pediatrician if your child has a medical reason to be exempted.
You can now schedule a virtual visit with your own pediatrician! This allows you to receive the same great continuity of care from the comfort of your home, while limiting the spread of illness. Most appointments can now be scheduled as a virtual visit.
Morning and early afternoon appointments are reserved for well patients and immunization appointments. It is essential that infants and children who are due for vaccines continue to receive them at this time according to recommended guidelines. We are doing everything we can to make sure our mornings are a clean and safe space for our most vulnerable patients, including thoroughly cleaning rooms between each patient and rooms reserved specifically for newborn and well child care.
For sick patients where a virtual visit is not appropriate, office visits will be scheduled in the late afternoon after all well patients have been seen. Sick patients will use reserved hallways and exam rooms separate from those used by well patients. Rooms will be thoroughly cleaned between each patient with a thorough cleaning of the entire office at the end of the day.
To ensure proper scheduling and the safety of our patients, all patients will be screened for symptoms before scheduling. We are also screening patients and family members for symptoms before entering our offices and waiting rooms.
To ensure a safe space for our patients, we are currently not allowing walk-ins to the clinic. Allergy shot patients are welcome to call to schedule an appointment.
Weekend in-office visits are currently limited to the Baker Center location only. Virtual visits will still be offered to patients on the weekend. Please call to make an appointment.
To reduce the spread of infection, we are requesting that all patients are accompanied by only one adult to each visit. We also will aim to mail, fax or e-prescribe any letters or prescriptions that you need.
We do not currently offer testing in our offices. We can help coordinate/refer patients to local community testing sites. Who should be tested for COVID-19.
We will continue to make changes to workflows as needed to adapt to the ever-changing public health crisis. Know that each decision we are making is aimed at serving our patients, our community, and protecting our staff and pediatricians. We are so grateful for all of you for your kind words, support, and understanding during this time.
Please continue to check our website for updates.
Your Pediatrics Northwest Team
If you have any further questions about COVID-19, we suggest the following resources:
- WA Department of Health:
Please utilize the call center for general questions about COVID-19. Open hours are 6 am – 10 pm, seven days per week. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press # for next steps.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Pierce County Health Dept
- Public Health – Seattle & King County