We worked hard to be able to offer your children and family accurate Covid testing.
We have several options which will be discussed with you when you call for testing.
We will schedule testing as an in-office visit only if your child's symptoms require an in-person medical evaluation.
However we perform your tests, results will include documentation of your symptoms, test type, and results, so that you may provide this information to child care, school, airlines, or employers as needed. We comply with CDC guidelines for testing strategy, as well as reporting of all results to the state.
WE ARE OPEN! We want to thank you for being flexible and understanding as we adjust office protocols to keep patients and families as safe as possible during this unprecedented pandemic. OUR ENTIRE OFFICE STAFF IS FULLY VACCINATED FOR COVID! We'd like to thank both Children's Hospital Colorado and Rose Medical Center for vaccinating us!
We are pleased to take care of your children in expanding ways...via traditional in-person visits, by virtual video visits, or by telephone. Good news: most of these care methods are covered by insurance, including concerns discussed by phone. You can continue to call us for advice and potentially have a telephone-only visit, or avoid a more costly urgent care or ER visit. Insurers vary in telemedicine and telephone coverage so please check with your plan for details.
Telephone Visits: We are pleased to be available to you by telephone for concerns that may not require an in-person visit. A simpler call handled by our triage staff may generate a nominal $15-$30 fee, while a more complex provider call may create a traditional sick-visit charge. Charges will be billed to insurance and covered according to your plan. Calls for refills, referrals, results, scheduling, and the like are at no charge, of course. Thank you for continuing to value our expertise, whether in person, via video or phone, or after hours.
Video Visits: These may be via doxy.me or doximity. You will be notified of the connection method when your appointment is confirmed.
This is a great visit type for behavior concerns, mental health, and other visits where physical exam or vital signs are less critical. We are still able to do some well-child visits via video, followed by vaccines in your vehicle. Please ask for this type of combined visit if it seems safest for you. Our providers will determine if this is reasonable given your child's medical history.
When you visit Sapphire Pediatrics in person, you’ll notice that we’ve made some big changes within our office setting. For patients’ and families’ safety, you’ll find physically distant seating in the waiting room, removal of toys, books, and magazines, enhanced cleaning of all high-touch surfaces, and enhanced disinfecting between visits. Staff are screened daily for health, and have plenty of PPE (personal protection equipment) as needed to ensure our safety and yours. To protect everyone, sneeze-guard protection has been installed at the front-desk, and we require universal masking for all who enter the office. In addition, parents will have their temperatures checked in the waiting room.
We’ve also adjusted our protocols for patient visits. ONE healthy parent or guardian may accompany patients to in-person visits for children over 2 months of age; any exceptions must be approved ahead of time on a case-by-case basis. We ask that you avoid bringing additional children to in-person appointments at this time.
NEW SAFETY MEASURES
We encourage you to maintain your well-child appointment schedule during this important stage of your child’s development. These visits allow for assessment of your child’s growth, tracking of your child’s milestones, and maintenance of immunizations to protect your child from vaccine-preventable disease. If your child is behind on immunizations (or is due for a vaccine in the near future), please call our office to schedule an appointment. If you are unsure if your child is up-to-date or in need of a vaccine, please call and ask our office staff to check your child’s immunization records.
Please know that these measures are in line with current guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). We are confident that the policies discussed above will help to maintain the best health environment for your family and all of our patients.
A quick note on quarantine vs isolation:
Isolation: if you are sick. cornoravirus symptoms can be mild. Be honest with yourself if you feel at all unwell. You must stay home and minimize all contact for at least 7 days, AND until you feel "all better" for 72 hours.
Quarantine: If you have been exposed to a presumed or confirmed case, you should "self quarantine" (stay home and minimize all contact) for 14 days. It may take a while for your symptoms to appear... that's why the time period is so long.
And remember, 80% of COVID19 cases will be very mild.
Together, let's stay well.Sapphire Pediatrics