Kids can get sick or injured any time of day or night, and having access to your trusted pediatrician can make those challenges easier to weather. At Pediatric Place in Tampa, Florida, Michele Johnson-Towson, MD, offers after-hours services to the families in her care. If an issue arises after normal business hours, call the office to ask about after-hours availability and determine your next steps.
Frequently asked questions
Why is after-hours care so important?
Most pediatric services can be delivered during normal business hours. Well-child visits, immunizations, school or sports physicals, and a number of other needs are easy to schedule and take care of.
Urinary tract infection
Vomiting or diarrhea
Sprains and strains
These are just some of the needs that can arise after the close of business
Why not go to the emergency room or urgent care?
Emergency rooms are for urgent medical needs that cannot be addressed in another setting. They are also not the most pleasant place to be for a child who’s feeling bad and parents who are anxious and under stress. An ER waiting room is often filled with sick and injured people, and if your child’s medical needs are not urgent, you can spend a significant amount of time waiting to be called.
Urgent care is a more appropriate setting for medical needs that require prompt treatment but aren’t life threatening. However, it’s still an unfamiliar setting and your child will see medical professionals who are strangers. You’ll be in and out, with little in the way of follow-up care.
In most cases, the best resource for your child’s health needs is their pediatrician.