“Who you gonna call…”

January 18, 2011

“Ghostbusters!”

That is, if you have a bothersome ghost.

But what should you do if you, or your child, becomes sick after hours?  Here are some options:

After Hours Care

Option 1: Dr. Amy Hawkins is available after hours on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Mondays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. To schedule a same day appointment, please call our office at 206-683-4465 and leave a message on our voicemail. It’s best to call as early in the day as possible so that we can fit you into the schedule.

Option 2: For children…Children’s Hospital After Hours Clinic is now located in Bellevue and is open for drop-in appointments on evenings, weekends and holidays for children who have health problems that need attention but aren’t life-threatening medical emergencies.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and most holidays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, please visit www.SeattleChildrens.org.

Trying to decide whether to come in for a visit? You can select your child’s symptom or health condition on the Seattle Children’s website. This free resource provides information to help you determine how sick your child is and when to call a doctor. It also provides information as to what you can safely treat at home.

Option 3: For adults… US Healthworks has a number of drop-in urgent care clinics with extended hours.   http://ushealthworks.com/Services_UrgentCare.html

Urgent Matters After Business Hours:

Current patients may call our office after hours to be directed to our pager number. Pager calls are subject to a $45 fee. Please respect our physicians’ time and use this for urgent concerns only! Please note that this fee is not covered by insurance.

Here are a few  examples of when to page after hours (please note this is NOT a comprehensive list):

  • Fevers higher than 104.5 degrees
  • Non-stop vomiting or diarrhea where there is concern of dehydration
  • Extreme lethargy
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing

Here are a few examples of not-so-appropriate pages:

  • Suspected pink eye
  • Prescription refills
  • Insomnia
  • Minor cold or flu symptoms

For all medical emergencies, please go directly to your nearest emergency room. There is no need to call us first.

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