Coastal Pediatric Associates is monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic very closely and remains committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of our patients, families, staff, and community. Out of an abundance of caution, we are changing our daily operations to minimize the potential for viral transmission. Fully embracing CDC and DHEC guidelines, our teammates are experts in appropriate health-care hygiene techniques. We are also encouraging and coaching our patients in the best ways to practice “social distancing.” In addition, we are making the following change
New Check-in protocol at all offices.
Check-in will be completed via text or phone allowing you to wait in your car until your appointment.
Upon entering the clinic, we ask that everyone is wearing facial coverings and that the number of visitors with the patient is limited.
To reduce or prevent the spread of possible Coronavirus-19, CPA requests that anyone with fever, cough and shortness of breath AND recent travel to countries with widespread sustained ongoing transmission OR contact with possible COVID-19 patients, do not accompany patients in the clinic.
We are also offering telehealth appointments for appropriate types of patient encounters. These include, but are not limited to interval ADHD visits, behavioral health visits, encounters required for medication refills, and other visits not requiring physical examination or laboratory work. Call our office to discuss at 843-573-2535.
In order to maintain a healthy and safe environment, we are designating certain locations and/or certain appointment times for well checks. We will be contacting patients with currently scheduled appointments to with specific details.
The mission of CPA is to serve the children of our community. We are working hard to provide the best care for all of our patients in the safest environment. Please be patient with us we navigate the new waters. We appreciate your trust and look forward to serving you and your family during this difficult time.
UPDATES: We understand you are getting a lot of information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from many sources and agencies. We will continue to update you through our social media pages with the most current information about our office hours and any changes in procedures that we may have in order to keep our families and team healthy.
eCONNECT: Coastal Pediatric Associates is proud to offer our patients a telehealth service, eCONNECT, to assist our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any of the following concerns, you may be eligible for a virtual visit:
Mild cold symptoms
Infant feeding & sleeping
Infant medication dosing or safety
Behavioral health (ADHD med checks, depression, anxiety, developmental concerns)
eCONNECT visits will be billed to insurance. Contact our office today for scheduling!
SPECIMEN COLLESTION FOR COVID-19 TESTING: Coastal Pediatric Associates is now offering specimen collection on-site for COVID-19 testing. Concerned parents of new or existing patients can call today for an appointment. Clinically symptomatic children now have a safe, kid-friendly option for thorough assessment.
CLEANING PROCEDURES: At Coastal Pediatric Associates, our utmost concern is keeping all office areas sanitary for our patients, family members, and our team. We have stringent daily sanitization procedures that we continue to follow along with additional deep and frequent cleaning of all public and team areas.
KEEPING YOU SAFE: We do continue to see the normal concerns during this time of year including, seasonal allergies, stomach bugs, and colds. And while kids are not the most vulnerable group for this virus, we still recommend keeping them home to protect the spread of the virus to those who are most at risk. For this reason, we will continue to make additional provisions in the next few days and weeks in order to continue serving our patients in a clean and safe environment.
FAMILY MEMBERS: We strongly encourage additional family members to stay home during this time. We do understand that this is not always possible so we thank you in advance for doing what you can to limit in-office visits to the patient and one guardian. Please do not bring anyone in our office who has been in close contact with anyone who has a fever, cough, or has been exposed to the virus. These measures will help decrease the overall number of people in our offices and will help protect your family and our team. CPA team members will screen everyone who enters our buildings to ensure a healthy environment.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF: You can practice healthy habits at home, school, and play to help protect against the spread of COVID-19:
Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you sneeze or cough into a tissue, throw it in the trash right away.
Keep your hands out of your mouth, nose, and eyes. This will help keep germs out of your body.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Follow these five steps—wet, lather (make bubbles), scrub (rub together), rinse, and dry. You can sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
If you don’t have soap and water, have an adult help you use a special hand cleaner.
Keep things clean. Older children can help adults at home and school clean the things we touch the most, like desks, doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls. (Note for adults: you can find more information about cleaning and disinfecting on CDC’s website.)
If you feel sick, stay home. Just like you don’t want to get other people’s germs in your body, other people don’t want to get your germs either.
TIPS TO KEEP LIFE NORMAL: These are challenging times for us all. Parents are wearing many hats right now, caring for ourselves, our children, and teaching schoolwork. Children respond well to routine, try to keep your days as close to normal as you can.
Wake up routines: eat breakfast, change into clothes, brush teeth
Schoolwork/remote learning every weekday until lunch
Get up and move around/exercise several times a day
Limit screen time
Cook dinner together
Play board games or cards
Bedtime as usual (keep the same bedtime as you would any other time)
Make the most of the time you have with your family!