Lockman & Lubell Pediatric Associates offers a full array of pediatric services to help your child maintain good health. Broadly speaking, our services fall into three categories:
Parents and Patients: LLPA strongly supports the idea encouraging all children to have access to a Patient Centered Medical Home. We view our primary role as your Pediatrician to coordinate ALL of your child's healthcare. We believe that this is necessary to insure the best possible care for your child. As such, with the exception of medical emergenicies, we ask that before you take your child to an Urgent Care Clinic you give our office a call. One of OUR providers is on call 24 hours a day everyday of the year and will be happy to help you, anytime day or night. Please don't hesitate to call us if you have a concern.
1. Emergencies: First and most importantly, if you think your child is having a medical emergency please call 911 or take your child to the nearest Emergency Room. Unlike years ago, when insurance companies demanded a referral before going to an Emergency Room, you do not need our permission or a referral to visit an emregency room when you feel you are dealing with a medical emergency.
2. Well Child Care: We follow the guidelines of The American Academy of Pediatrics with regards to the scheduling of well child viisits and preventive health care.. Well Child Visit Schedule. Most insurances require 365 days from your last exam. We strongly urge you to be diligent in scheduling the recommended well child visits in a timely fashion because they help us provide vital preventive services like immunizations and various routine screenings designed to keep your child in good health. Timely routine Well Child Care Visits can also be used to fill out School Forms, Driver's License Forms and Sports Preparticipation Forms.
3. "Sick" visits: If your child needs a sick visit today, they will get a sick appointment today. We believe that there are two equally good reasons for a "sick" visit. One is that WE think it's necessary...and the other is that YOU think it's necessary. Our extended hours: before school / work, in the evenings, and on Saturday are designed to provide you with convenient access to your medical home. Each day more than 1/2 of each provider's schedule is kept open to accomodate sick children who require more immediate medical attention. If you know that you want a "sick" visit that day, please just call the office and let one of our staff members know that you want an appointment. (Rarely, in the event of overwhelming demand for our services, as was the case during the H1N1 flu epidemic several years ago, we will ask you to speak to one of our nurses first-there are exceptions to every rule) If, however, you're not sure if your child needs an office visit, please call and ask to speak with one of our "phone nurses" who will help make that determination based on our guidelines. We have 1 or 2 highly trained and experienced "phone" nurses available during office hours each day to help with many of the questions that parents may have about their child's health. If the "phone nurse" doesn't feel they have the answer, they will "grab" your provider between patient visits or, in an emergency, interrupt an office visit to get an expedited answer.
4. Consults: Are done for various reasons such as chronic abdominal pain or headaches, feeding issues, behavior problems, and school difficulties etc. By definition, they are for problems that require extra time for proper assessment. Each consult is 30 minutes and may or may not involve the child. If it it something that we feel needs more evaluation we may refer you to a sub-specialist.
5 . Medication Checks: These are usually scheduled every 3 months to review your child's ADHD medication. We will gather information such as a height, weight, & blood pressure and review the effectiveness and any side effects of the medication. Please schedule these with advance notice before you run out of your medication!
6. Sports Physicals: State law mandates that your child needs to be certified by a healthcare provider prior to participating in a school sport and that in order to be certified that the student athlete must be examined within 6 months of starting the sport. if your child has already had a well check within theprevious 12 months, but more than 6 months from the point in time that they will begin their sport, we must perform a focused "Pre-partcipation" examination to satisfy the school requirements. We will see to it that your child gets an appointment as quickly as possible and there will be a $40 fee for this evaluation and completing all necessary paperwork. . Please bring the completed parent's section of the PIAA form for the provider to review at the time of your physical.PIAA sports forms need to be signed AFTER 6/1 of the current year for the next school year sports season.
Please use one or more of the many other educational links listed in the Education area found in the left hand column on this page to learn about any other pediatric topics. Below is a list of some of the common pediatric issues we can help you with.
- Strep Throat
- Whooping Cough
- Learning/developmental disabilities
- Chronic conditions
- Ear infections
- Genitals and Urinary Tract
- Sports Injuries