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10/09/2013
By: jordan.forbes.37
Premier Pediatrics
I'm giving this place two stars because the care truly is above average. However, that's only if you have an extra 30-90 minutes to sit and waste waiting for the doctor to see you. My husband and I attempted to take our son in today for some sinus trouble and a possible ear infection, but after waiting for over an hour for the doctor to see us and then being told that it would be at least another 30 minutes beyond that until the doctor would be with us, we have decided to find a new pediatrician. The very least they could have done if they knew they were that far behind schedule was call and let us know, so that my husband didn't burn more than an hour of a very busy work day waiting to meet the pediatrician, all for nothing. The only explanation that we were given was that they were very busy today and when I asked if the whole office routinely runs like that or if it was just our particular doctor, we were told, "That doctor is always going to take his time with his patients." This is ridiculous and unacceptable. It is no excuse for putting your patients more than an hour and a half behind their own schedule for the day with a sick child who hasn't had any lunch. It's really a shame. This office came highly recommended to us, and seems to have an excellent reputation around this area. However, I don't know many people who have time to sit and burn an afternoon waiting hours for the doctor to attend to them.******UPDATE********I found another doctor for my son to see tomorrow, but I had to go to the original pedi's office to pick up a shot record for the new pedi. When I got there, the girls in the front office were extremely apologetic and accommodating, and asked if there was anything they could do to make it right. They asked if they could schedule me with a different doctor this afternoon if I would be willing to give them one last shot. I did, and we now know that my poor little guy has an ear infection and he will be on an antibiotic for the next ten days to clear it up, with a follow up appt in two weeks. I have scheduled the follow up and his 15 month well baby visit with the doctor that I saw today, who seems very pleasant, is punctual (!), and seems to also be very knowledgable in her field. So we shall see over the next few months how it works out. But the girls who work in the front office of Premier Pediatrics really saved my opinion of this business, as a whole, with their professional attitude and willingness to go above and beyond to keep this doctor/patient relationship from ending on a bitter note.
Tips & Advices
A child should see his or her pediatrician frequently during the first few years. Once the child reaches age 3, parents should schedule a doctor's visit at least once per year. Before that, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests parents arrange visits according to the following schedule:
  • 2 to 5 days old
  • 1 month old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 24 months old (2 years)
  • 30 months old (2.5 years)
No, parents should call 911, an emergency physician, or a pediatric emergency physician if a child suffers an acute illness or injuries. Doctors in these fields are more qualified than pediatricians to handle emergency situations.
A well-visit is a routine visit with a pediatrician to track a child's development, discuss medical or emotional concerns, and receive immunizations and medical advice.
Yes, pediatricians provide immunizations for infants and children up through 21 years.
No, pediatricians do not have to be board certified.They're only required to have a state license. However, certification indicates a dedication to studying pediatrics beyond the requirements.

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