Services

AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) as well as stabilizing emergency equipment on premises for kids and adults

Comprehensive Healthcare Services

  • BMI (Body Mass Index) evaluation for ages 2 and up (measures body fat)
  • Cholesterol Lipid Panel
  • Spirometry – lung function testing
  • Skin bilimeter – jaundice testing
  • Scoliosis screening
  • Comprehensive asthma treatment
  • Evaluation and management of school issues such as ADD and ADHD, and other minor psychological (anxiety and depression) issues and learning problems
  • Lead testing
  • Private in office or telephone parent consultations for sensitive issues when it is better not to have your child present.
  • Easily scheduled same day office visits.

Complementary Consultations

  • Prenatal consultation approximately 1 to 3 months before your due date and for NNICU Infants at 1 to 3 weeks before their expectant discharge date.

Phone Calls

Ill Child Appointment

If you are uncertain whether you need to have a physician look at your child, please call at 8:30 a.m. and talk to the nurse so that she may advise you. Our phones are answered by actual people (not recorders) so you may need to persevere. In order for you to receive a nurse callback, you must remove “call blocking” from your phone.

Routine Problems and/or Questions

Call anytime during office hours. Please wait until 10 a.m. or later to call, as phones are very busy at 8:30a.m.

Routine calls should be made during regular office hours. Calls will be returned in the order received by the nurses. The nurses have been specially trained. They can answer most questions and give approved advice. If there are problems that exceed their authorized limits, they will consult with the physician.

Weekend and After Hours Nurse Hot-line

Please try to limit after-hour and weekend calls to those you feel are absolutely necessary and cannot wait until regular office hours. The Children’s Medical Center after hour nurse will have access to your child’s entire medical record, providing the most continuity of care possible. Please have a pen, paper, and your pharmacy phone number handy. Calls will be returned at regular intervals, usually within an hour.

Emergencies:

(Any health care problem requiring immediate attention) If your call is a true emergency (i.e., IMMEDIATE contact with the physician on call is necessary), please state so when you call the office or answering service.

During Office Hours: Call the office and state your emergency. You will be given instruction on what to do.

After Office Hours: Please call the office answering machine and follow the taped instructions. After hours medical advice calls are answered by a nurse answering service. If you cannot wait for a return call, please go immediately to the closest hospital or emergency room without calling. There is a physician there 24 hours a day. The emergency room will then notify whoever is on call. If you have a life threatening emergency, illness, or injury you feel definitely needs immediate treatment, call 911 or go directly to closest Hospital or emergency room. Please have your local emergency number available if you need an ambulance.

IMPORTANT: Please notify the office of any changes in address or telephone numbers. Whenever leaving town, make certain that the person caring for your child has a notarized statement giving them authority to obtain medical care.

On-Call Service

Day-off, night, and weekend calls are shared among Dr. Carolyn Ashworth, Dr. George Eastman, Dr. Russell McDonald, Dr. Peter Sherrod and Dr. Scott Katz. One of us will be available at all times when the office is closed. If you have an emergency, call the office answering machine and follow the taped instructions. Pediatric nurses are also available 24 hours a day by calling the office number.

Office Visits

Keeping the well-child well is one of the major goals of pediatrics. During a well-child visit we are mainly concerned with observing growth and development, counseling, and teaching parents. Early detection of problems through screening exams, laboratory tests, and familiarizing ourselves with your families are other goals.

Health Maintenance Visit (Check-up): Your child’s physical and mental development is evaluated. This will involve history, physical examination, screening tests, counseling, and immunizations when required. If you need extra time, please tell the receptionist. Please call well ahead of time to schedule a check-up. If you cannot keep the appointment, please be considerate enough to cancel the appointment well in advance.

There will be a charge for appointments not cancelled. Preventative Care: We recommend the following schedule as a guideline for preventive care: 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months,6 months, 9 months, 15 months, 18 months, and 24 months, 30 months, 3 and 4 years. After this period children are seen each year through young adulthood.

See the Checkup Schedule page for more details.

Sick Child Appointments: Your child will be seen as soon as possible on the day you call. Call early in the day. If your child’s condition worsens, call for an earlier appointment. There may be an additional office charge if you do not call for an appointment first.

Problems Requiring Extra Consultation Time: If your child has a special problem, please inform the appointment secretary so we can allow time to discuss it with you. For instance:

  • Bed wetting
  • School problems/learning disabilities/hyperactivity
  • Behavior problems
  • Developmental delay/mental retardation
  • Complex medical problems/physical handicap

Two registered nurses available daily

Brenda Rakofsky R.N. is our managing nurse. She has been with Dr. Ashworth since 2000, having been a nurse for 14 years. All of our nurses regularly engage in continuing medical education.

Vaccination Updates for Parents

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • T dap- (Tetanus/Whooping Cough)
  • Chicken Pox
  • Flu (Flu Mist and Flu Shots)

The material on this website is for informative purposes only. If you need specific medical advice, please contact our office for an appointment.