Even though summer is just getting in full swing, it’s a good time to consider the start of school and all the requirements that school brings. With school sports practices starting in August, you’ll want to make sure your child has completed a physical. Another requirement is to make sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date.
“The best way to do both at once is to schedule a well child visit, plus you get the added bonus of having completed a thorough exam for your child, likely at no cost,” said Dawn Watts, Clinic Practice Manager with Prowers Medical Center Clinic.
The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends every school-aged child receive a well child exam every year. Since they are deemed wellness visits, they are commonly covered by insurance and often without a copayment. The Prowers Medical Center Clinic is offering a discounted price if you are uninsured, but Medicaid and most private insurance plans cover wellness/preventive care appointments at 100% and without a copay.
“We understand that it’s inconvenient, but we can no longer offer the quick sports physical exams we provided in the past due to immunization rules that require us to ask you about immunizations at each visit, and offer them if your child isn’t up to date— something we can’t complete during a sports physical,” Watts said.
With a wellness visit, your child receives a complete exam that reviews all aspects of the wellbeing of your child. Wellness exams are used to check on symptoms that might be of concern, and to make sure kids are developing as they should, complete with a vision screening—a far cry from a quick check to see if they are physically fit for a sport.
During a well child visit, your doctor assesses your whole child—considering not only their physical health but how they are developing socially and academically. If your child has asthma or allergies or other chronic issues, sleep troubles, digestive concerns, problems learning or interacting, this is the time to discuss solutions with your doctor. The sooner any concern is addressed, the better the outcomes will be.
“We have several medical providers available for wellness exams. What’s different this year is that we now have a pediatrician on staff who provides specialty care for kids. Dr. Diane Foley is taking appointments for wellness exams on Thursdays and Fridays in much of July and parts of August,” Watts said.
Dr. Diane Foley, Pediatrician, is excited to see patients in Lamar, and to fill the gap for specialty pediatric care in the community. She works part-time on various Thursdays and Fridays at the Clinic. Dr. Foley is available the following upcoming days in July: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28. In August, she is available on the 17, 18, 24 and 25. If you prefer that your child see a Pediatrician, call soon. She will likely fill up fast and practices for fall sports start as early as August 7, 2017. Call the Clinic at (719) 336-6767 for an appointment. Well child exams will not be provided on a walk-in basis.
“We are working with schedules to get patients in for well child visits before school starts,” Watts concluded.
Appointments for Well Child Checks
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
403 Kendall Drive