COVID-19 UPDATE AS OF 03-13-2020: WALK-IN HOURS ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

COVID-19 UPDATE
Friday, March 20, 2020

In order to follow CDC guidelines, the following changes are being made:

-WALK-IN HOURS ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

-All patients will be required to make an appointment.
-We will have healthy hours in the morning – we are available for physicals, medication checks, weight checks, consults or any other appointment you need for your well child. If you currently have a well-child visit scheduled in the afternoon, you will receive a call to reschedule.
-We will have sick hours in the afternoon, appointments given after required pre-screening.
-Patients will be triaged by phone, any patient with flu-like symptoms of fever and cough or shortness of breath will NOT be able to be seen in our office; instead a virtual visit will be scheduled with one of our physicians (your insurance will be billed appropriately for such visits).
-Patients with flu-like symptoms should NOT go to an emergency room unless directed by your physician, the hospitals must be alerted prior to your arrival.
-We are NOT doing COVID-19 testing in our office.
-There are strict criteria to qualify for a COVID-19 test, please call our office if you think your child may need to be tested.
-There are currently three outpatient private testing locations for COVID-19, please visit this website for further details: https://coronatestct.com
-Additionally, all local hospitals are currently offering COVID-19 testing to those who meet criteria and have a physician’s order.

The safety of our patients, their families and our staff is our number one priority. We want to minimize the exposure of sick patients to the rest of our community. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation. Things you and your family can do to stay safe:

  1. Do not panic! Children pick-up on our stress and hear things at school and on the news that can be scary. Stress can lower your immune system, so let’s all calm down. It is important to encourage healthy behaviors, like getting good rest, exercise, eating well and staying hydrated.
  2. Wash your hands! Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  3. Teach your kids good social hygiene – please cough/sneeze into your elbow.
  4. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines. We know it’s hard to keep your kids at home, separated from their friends, but please, no play dates, sleepovers or parties!

Please visit the CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html, American Academy of Pediatrics, https://www.aap.org, Healthy Children, https://www.healthychildren.org for more information.

WELCOME TO OUR PRACTICE!

Our office is pleased and privileged to care for your infants, children and young adults.

What started as a solo practice to serve the Noroton area over forty years ago by our founding partner, Dr. Suchenski, has grown to a group practice seeing patients from Darien and the surrounding communities.

Our four Board Certified physicians pride themselves on being an independent Pediatric group practice in one location. This setting allows us to provide comprehensive and personalized care to all of our patients from birth to young adulthood, and we are available to you both during and after office hours.

Our office is conveniently located immediately off Exit 10 on I-95.

NEW RESOURCES FOR OUR PARENTS OF TEENAGERS…

YOUNG MEN’S HEALTH
youngmenshealthsite.org
A website for teen guys and young men, with information on physical and emotional health, nutrition, fitness and more

YOUNG WOMEN’S HEALTH
youngwomenshealth.org
This website features exceptional information for young women, parents and educators in English and Spanish. Written by medical experts at Boston Children’s Hospital.

CLINIC FOR INTERACTIVE MEDIA AND INTERNET DISORDERS
www.cmch.tv/cimaid
Information for teens suffering from media-related health, sleep or school problems.


WALK -IN HOURS

WALK-IN HOURS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, EFFECTIVE 03-13-2020!

  • Walk-in hours are for acute sick visits only.
  • Walk-in hours are not for chronic illness or prolonged visits, for the following, we ask that you schedule an appointment so that our doctors have the appropriate amount of time to address your child’s concerns:
    • Concussion
    • Mental health issues (anxiety, depression)
    • ADHD
    • Medication Checks
    • Any illness or symptoms lasting more than 1 week (stomach pain, poor appetite, concern for food allergy or intolerance, constipation, headaches/migraines, difficulty sleeping, fatigue.)
    • Vaccines
  • SATURDAYNO WALK-IN HOURS, please call Saturday morning for a sick appointment.

Teens & Young Adults

Darien Pediatric Associates offers specialized medical care for teens and young adults through Dr. Tsimoyianis’ services in Adolescent Medicine.

Adolescent Medicine is a board-certified pediatric sub-specialty centered on the care of patients from pre-teens to young adults up to age 26. It addresses the unique health and emotional needs of patients in this age group by focusing on their transitions from childhood to adulthood. Specialized care is available for patients who have complex medical problems.

Dr. Tsimoyianis (better known to patients as Dr. T) is board-certified in Adolescent Medicine and works with patients and their support systems to provide care that is tailored to each individual. Treatment ecompasses but is not limited to body image, physical development, nutrition, sexuality, mental health and substance abuse.

Dr. T is available for routine check-ups and private consultation. Late afternoon and early evening appointments can be requested. Additionally, there is a private waiting area for adolescent and young adult patients.

American Academy of Pediatrics offers useful website

In a sea of conflicting and confusing health information, our patients have always turned to us as a trusted source of advice. Now in an extension of the pediatrician’s office, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is bringing pediatrician-approved health information to the Internet with the launch of HealthyChildren.org. As the premier website for child health information HealthyChildren.org provides important resources and a host of features to enable you to quickly find the critical, relevant information you are looking for. According to the AAP, all content is developed and reviewed by leading child health experts and reflects the latest scientific research.