Covid-19 Pandemic Information
Changes at Mack Pediatrics for COVID-19 Pandemic, Updated on November 17, 2020:
The health and safety of your family are our top priorities. We strive to do our best to keep you safe, as well as our staff and our facility. We also endeavor to keep this clinic open for your children's healthcare needs in the coming months. The following changes are in place until the COVID-19 pandemic ends:
1. The front door is locked. We keep the entrance locked to allow triage and reduce non-patient traffic in our facility.
2. Masks are required. For all people age 5 years old and older, face masks covering mouth and nose are required. These will not be provided to you, so bring your own masks. If you do not bring and wear mask, your child's appointment may be rescheduled.
3. Wait outside on arrival. All visitors to the clinic should call 919-825-3600 on arrival and will wait outside (or in their car). The front door is locked. The receptionist will ask COVID-19 screening questions and inquire about the nature of the visit. This allows Dr. Mack to determine the level of personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for your visit.
4. Only the patient and one parent (or proxy). We are limiting unnecessary visitors per public health recommendations. Siblings and additional friends/family members need to remain at home. If siblings cannot be left at home in the care of another adult, please communicate that to the clinic prior to coming to Mack Pediatrics.
5. No sick walk-ins. We regret that this service is no longer available, but feel that we cannot offer it safely during this pandemic.
6. Wellness/vaccine visits in the morning. We will only schedule wellness/vaccine visits in the morning and will reserve the afternoon for sick and telehealth visits. This allows more distance and time between well and sick patients and allows us to reserve a block of time for well patients. If there is time after the last well patient or there are no wellness visits scheduled, we will see sick patients in the morning.
7. Well/vaccine visits are not for sick patients. If you or your child is sick with fever, cold symptoms, or cough (or has had these symptoms within 10 days of their wellness/vaccine appointment), please call ahead and reschedule their appointment for 2 weeks later. We have appointment availability to accommodate rescheduling and will gladly reschedule your child.
8. Limited in-person scheduling for high-priority visits for rest of 2020. Many medical problems can be handled over telehealth. We are reserving in-person visits to well-visits at certain ages that require vaccinations (babies, toddlers, 4 year olds, 11 year olds, 16-18 year olds), well-visits with ongoing management of an unstable chronic problem, or other visits on a case by case basis. Remember, you or your child cannot be sick for a wellness visit.
9. Phone screening questions. All callers requesting appointment or nurse triage will be asked COVID-19 screening questions. These questions will be asked prior to entry into the building. Your honest answers to these questions allow Dr. Mack to determine the correct level of PPE that will be needed for your visit. Intentional dishonesty with the COVID triage questions may result in dismissal from Mack Pediatrics.
10. PPE will be used. Please be sure to discuss with your child that our staff and Dr. Mack will be wearing face masks and may be wearing special face masks, eye protection, blue gowns, hair covering, and gloves (PPE). This is for your child's and our safety, to keep germs from spreading. There is a picture below of Dr. Mack in full PPE as would be worn to evaluate a patient for COVID-19.
11. All patients and families will remain in their exam room. All patients will be escorted immediately to an exam room once they enter the building. Please attend to your child and do not allow your child to wander the premises. Be sure that you escort your child to and from the restroom. It is much more difficult for us to maintain a clean, germ-free environment for your child if we do not know what surfaces your child may have touched.
12. COVID-19 testing. We have limited COVID-19 testing capacity as nasopharyngeal swabbing. We only will test our patients, not their parents. We are not open to the general public for COVID testing. We do not perform the rapid test. Dr. Mack sends the PCR tests to a laboratory with a typical turn-around time of 3 days. All adults or non-patients who inquire about COVID-19 testing will be directed to UNC Healthcare. UNC Health's Coronavirus Helpline is 888-850-2684.
13. Increased telephone management and portal-based E-visits. Telehealth will be utilized to reduce in-person visits. In an effort to keep you and your child at home and out of public/medical settings during this pandemic, Dr. Mack is utilizing more telephone-based and portal-based (audio-visual live-chat or secure messaging) medical management. You may see these telehealth-type visits on EOBs (explanations of benefits) from your insurance.
14. New exam room for sick with fever and cough, fever and shortness of breath, fever and upset stomach, or any possible COVID patient. This room has a separate entrance and a bathroom. It is isolated from rest of clinic by plastic sheets.
Thank you for your understanding. Let's get through this together.
---Emili Mack, MD (pictured below in full PPE to go into the isolation room).