Current Environment:

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that “doctors prioritize in-person newborn care and well visits and immunizations of infants and young children.” We feel it is imperative, now more than ever, to protect our patients.
  • To adhere to NWH guidelines, we are asking that ONE parent/guardian/caregiver accompany your child(ren) to their visit. We realize this may not always be possible with newborns; please inquire if you an extenuating circumstance. Please do not bring siblings unless they have a scheduled appointment. This applies to both the Newton-Wellesley and Newton Corner locations.
  • If you need to schedule a COVID-19 test, we can refer you to MGH’s COVID testing line, urgent cares in the area, or directly to Newton-Wellesley. Please note: If your child needs to be tested for COVID-19 and needs to be cleared to return to school, a PCR COVID-19 (not antibody or antigen) test will need to be performed and resulted.
  • Effective October 2020, our Newton-Wellesley hospital location will see well visits during the morning hours until 2 p.m. for any age patients. We will reserve afternoon hours for sick visits.
  • Check in for all in-person appointments is by phone. Prior to proceeding into the office, we request that you call once you have arrived to the parking lot to complete the check in process.
  • If you are being seen at the NWH location please call 617-969-8989. For Newton Corner, please call 617-969-8989 and then select *7.
  • To ensure safety, we screen all patients for COVID-related symptoms; please be patient with our staff as they ask necessary screening questions prior to your visit.
  • All staff wear appropriate PPE; we ask that all parents and children wear masks whenever possible. We will provide you with a mask if you do not have one.
  • Patients will be called into rooms directly. The rooms are cleaned and sanitized adhering to the strictest guidelines.
  • To comply with social distancing we ask that, whenever possible, children be accompanied by only one adult.
  • Virtual visits (telehealth) are appropriate for many concerns: medication checks and follow-ups, evaluation of rashes, headaches, constipation, ADHD and asthma management, general developmental or behavioral questions/concerns, mild respiratory illness, and minor injuries.
  • Per order of Governor Baker, health insurers must cover telehealth visits, with no cost sharing for patients or families.
  • In order to have a virtual visit, you must sign up for MyChart (our electronic health record portal); all patients 13 years and older MUST have their own account.
  • For all virtual well visits, please weigh and measure your child prior to the visit.

COVID-19 TEST LOCATOR

*If you or your child are asymptomatic for COVID-19 but would like to be tested for reasons such as exposure, travel or contact with a high risk person, you may contact an urgent care to schedule a test. Please follow up directly with urgent care for your results. Please visit the link below provided by the Department of Public Health to find an urgent care near you.*

PLEASE NOTE, IN ORDER FOR US TO CLEAR YOU TO RETURN TO SCHOOL, YOU WILL NEED TO GET A PCR COVID-19 TEST!

 

COVID-19 FAQs

Helpful information provided by Boston Children’s Hospital

 

COVID-19 SYMPTOM CHECK LIST

Here at PNW, we are currently unable to offer in-office COVID-19 testing. Although we are waiting on supplies needed to test in our office, we are available to see your sick child. This can be done either in-office or virtually. We can then refer you to MGH’s COVID testing line, urgent cares in the area, or directly to Newton-Wellesley. Please note, if your child needs to best tested for COVID-19 and needs to be cleared to return to school, a PCR COVID-19 (not antibody or antigen) test will need to be performed and resulted. Below is a link to the algorithm currently used to determine the need for testing for your convenience.

 

RETURNING TO SPORTS AFTER COVID-19

The AAP is now recommending that any child who tests positive for Covid should get their doctor’s approval before returning to exercise or sports. If you receive a positive test result outside of our office, please let us know. Click below for more details.

 

Still have questions?

Call us at 617-969-8989 with any additional questions. Thank you for your patience during this time. Stay safe!