After-Hours:
If it is necessary to call after regular office hours, you can reach our after hours answering service by dialing the regular office number. After a brief message, your call will be directed to our nurse-on-call service. Please tell the operator your child’s name, date of birth, and a brief description of the problem along with your phone number. This message will be relayed to a triage nurse who will be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns. One of our doctors is always on call and available if necessary. Please reserve requests for prescription refills, discussions of routine behavior, and/or chronic problems to our regular office hours.

Emergencies:
During the first two months of life, you should call us for:

  • Any fever (rectal) above 101° F
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Refusal of several feedings
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Listlessness or unresponsiveness
  • Persistent coughing, difficulty breathing
  • Sudden onset of unusual rash

Other examples of emergencies:

  • Possible ingestion of toxic substances
  • Sudden onset of difficulty of breathing
  • Injury resulting in loss of consciousness, significant bleeding, suspicion of fracture, lacerations, or damage to eye
  • Seizure or convulsion

Emergency Phone Numbers:

After hours service: your regular office number

  • Poison Control: 1.800.222.1222 or 804.828.9123
  • Rescue squad: 911
  • Patterson office: 804.282.9706
  • Ridgefield office: 804.754.3776
  • Sommerville office: 804.379.5437

Immunization Policy

Our office firmly believes in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent illness and to save lives.  We firmly believe in the safety of vaccines.

Our entire group has reviewed all of the literature, evidence based research, and current studies, and we firmly believe that vaccines DO NOT cause Autism or other developmental delays.

Our practice understands that you want what is best for your child and so do we.  We know that, in light of the recent measles virus outbreak, there has been much conflicting information on immunization and vaccine safety.  We can help you get the reliable information you need to make an informed decision.

Our practice firmly believes that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health promoting intervention we perform as healthcare providers and that you can perform as parents.

To accomplish this goal together, our practice will follow the guidelines and schedules for immunizations established by The American Academy of Pediatrics and The Centers for Disease Control.  We do not recognize any “alternative” immunization schedules.

While we understand that parental choice may play a role in the vaccination of children, we request that you abide by our policy.  If this is not an acceptable choice for you, we respectfully request that you seek out another pediatric group for your children’s care.