18 HIGHLAND AVENUE, NEWBURYPORT, MA
(978) 465-0322

COVID 19

Riverside Pediatrics' Response to COVID 19

We know the Coronavirus pandemic is causing a lot of stress and disruption. Rest assured that we are working closely with state and federal agencies so that we can bring the safest and most appropriate care to your family.

Our nurses and doctors are available by phone to answer questions, give advice, triage your sick child, and help make decisions about face-to-face visits.

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic we have instituted the following changes:
We are carefully moving forward with reopening the office, following state and federal safety guidelines. Our priority is your family’s health and safety.
  • Please do not come into the office if you are sick with fever, cough, or other symptoms that could potentially be COVID, or if you have been exposed to someone with known COVID in the last 15 days. If you are unsure, please call us to discuss before coming in.
  • Please follow the guidelines of social distancing: stay 6 feet from another person, and wear a face mask
Some of the many precautions we are instituting as we re-open:
  • No walk-in appointments 
  • One caregiver only may accompany child to office
  • Reduced numbers of appointments with staggered times to minimize patients’ contact with each other
  • Additional cleaning measures
  • Use of personal protective equipment
Please refer to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Reopening document for more details about Phase I that includes doctor's offices.
 THROUGH MAY 31
 
The office is open from 10am - 4pm, children seen by appointment.
 
The providers are available for tele-health visits Monday - Friday. Feel free to call and request.
  
Well baby physicals and immunizations are being scheduled on Saturdays
  
BEGINNING JUNE 1
 
We will resume regular office hours, Monday- Friday 8 am-5 pm
  
Well child physical appointments, vital to ensure that childrens’ growth, development and immunizations are up to date, will begin with new safety measures in place. 
 
    These include -
  • expedited check-in
  • staggered appointment times
  • state of the art cleaning practices
  • universal mask wearing
Telehealth visits will continue to be offered when appropriate.

Feel free to call us if you have any questions. We are here for you.

Here are some simple things you can do to keep you and your families healthy:
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as cell phones, faucets, door knobs, remote controls.
For More Information on COVID 19, we recommend reliable sites such as:
CDC

World Health Organization

American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Children


We are taking Social Distancing very seriously and would encourage you all to do the same.
We understand the strain of school closures, on both children and parents. It is important to Talk With Your Children about these changes, the coronavirus, and any stress they may be feeling. These Tips on Working and Learning From Home may be helpful as well.
 
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