I am so excited to have my work featured in Augusta Pediatric Associates! I couldn’t be more honored to be associated with such an amazing pediatric office. The doctors are incredible as any parent will tell you, when you find a pediatrician that you love, it’s priceless. The staff, nurses and doctors make you feel safe and at ease from the first call to when you arrive for your appointment, to taking the time to answer all your questions thoroughly. And in this post you’re going to have the opportunity to get to know them a little better! I have some frequently asked questions that they were kind enough to answer and I think every parent, whether it’s your first or fifth child, appreciates as much information as they can about the pediatric practice they choose for their children.
How long has the practice been together and are you a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Association?
Augusta Pediatric Associates was started in 1980 and has continued to grow to our current size of 9 pediatricians and 2 locations. We are members of the GA chapter of the AAP.
What is your childcare philosophy on vaccination views?
As pediatricians we see that vaccines are one of the single most important disease preventing and life sustaining interventions of modern medicine. We full endorse the routine schedule of vaccinations and strongly encourage all our patients to remain up to date on all vaccines – including annual flu vaccines.
Will you discuss issues such as parenting strategies, my child’s emotional and social development?
As part of each routine check up, we discuss physical, mental and emotional development and how you can best support your child’s development at their current age and stage. In addition, we are happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about your individual child’s behavior or development.
Will your initial meeting by with my baby at the hospital or first check up?
We love seeing our patients and caring for them from the very beginning. We feel this allows for the best continuity of care possible. For this reason, we still come to visit you and your baby in the hospital after they are born. We will see you each day in the hospital and then schedule a follow up within a few days of discharge. This is an exciting but sometimes stressful time for new mothers and we want to support you and help make you feel confident in the care of your newborn.
What is your schedule for well baby check ups?
We see your child at 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months and 2 years. We then move to annual well check visits for their routine care.
Do you offer same day sick appointments?
Yes! We can see your child the same day. We known children often have urgent needs. Just call for same day sick appointment.
What are your hours and do you offer weekend hours?
Both locations, Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm (with the exception of South Augusta, which is 9:00am – 1:00pm on Wednesday). Saturday is 10:00am – 12:00pm at the West Augusta location and Sunday is 2:00pm – 4:00pm also at the West Augusta location.
If my baby gets sick during non-office hours, what do I do?
We have lots of common recommendations on our website and in our ‘newborn book’ that we give each new family to help you manage minor illnesses at home. If you have a concern that is not addressed there, or your child seems to be more acutely ill, feel free to call us. We have an answering service and nurse triage line available. If there is a concern that needs a physician’s attention, one of our physicians is always on call to talk to you and help you decide what the best care is for your child. We are available 24/7/365 to help you care for your needs.
Do you have different sick and well waiting rooms?
We used to have sick and well waiting divided, but we are currently not using the waiting room at all! Due to COVID, we have everyone check in from their cars and wait there. Then we move you directly to a room when one is ready. Our families have really liked this new process, so we are continuing it for the time being.
Do you respond to questions via email?
Yes, we have a patient portal that we can use for communication.
What hospitals do you work with?
We see newborns at both University Hospital and Doctors Hospital. We work very closely with the pediatricians and specialists at Children’s Hospital of Georgia when our patients need to be admitted there.
What tests are handled in your office?
We have a small in office laboratory that can test: Strep Test, Influenza, RSV, Hemoglobin, Lead, Glucose, Cholesterol/Lipid Panel, Urinalysis, PPD Testing and Stool Occult Blood Testing.
At Augusta Pediatric Associates, we strive to have a practice that provides not just excellent medical care for your child. It is our belief that excellent care is the minimum expectation. When you come to our office, we want you and your child to feel loved as individuals, cared for in a compassionate, caring environment, and find a medical home that welcomes you as part of our APA family.
I want to thank Augusta Pediatric Associates for taking the time to answer these questions. As parents, the more information, the better we feel about decisions we make for our children. I am so lucky to be featured in this pediatric office and hope this helps you understand their practice a little better! ❤️
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