The Women’s and Children’s Health Services will initiate a Pediatrics After-Hours Clinic at William Beaumont Army Medical Center on June 20.
“We’re standing up the Pediatrics After-Hours Clinic with the intent to see sick children who are unable to be seen at the Spc. Hugo V. Mendoza Soldier Family Care Center during the normal duty day,” said Dr. Stacey Frazier, chief of inpatient pediatrics, WBAMC. “It’s an overflow mechanism for patients who need same-day care or want to be seen somewhere other than the emergency room.”
Children will be scheduled for acute care needs Monday – Friday from 4:30 – 8 p.m. Patient evaluations will be appointment-based; parents should call central appointments at 915-742-CARE (2273) before 4:30 p.m. to schedule a same-day appointment with the clinic.
Walk-in appointments will not be available, to maximize patient convenience while minimizing patient wait times.
Coughs, fevers, runny noses and rashes are a few examples of appropriate patient issues for the clinic. Frazier also added that children who have been sent home from school or daycare that need doctor’s permission to return may also be seen at the clinic.
“The clinic is intended for same day issues only, not for routine care,” said Frazier, a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico. “If it’s an emergency need, you still need to go to the emergency room.”
The pilot will run initially for 90 days. Depending on utilization, the program may be continued.
Benefits of the program include increased access to care for pediatric same-day needs and shifting appropriate non-emergent patients from the emergency room to the clinic.
Author: Marcy Sanchez – William Beaumont Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office