From a minor boo-boo to a more serious fall, kids’ accidents can happen at any time. As a parent, you want to know exactly what to do to get your child feeling happy, healthy, and whole again.
No family plans to have an emergency, but you can prepare by making sure you have easy access to the resources you need, close to home. The AdventHealth for Children care network offers state-of-the-art, child-friendly emergency pediatric care in convenient locations across Central Florida.
This quick guide provided by AdventHealth for Children reviews your options depending on your needs.
Pediatric Health Care
The big difference between a pediatric emergency department and a general emergency department is in the type of staff and services they provide. When a child is truly in distress, any emergency department is a good idea. But in a pediatric emergency department, there are specific services created just for your children.
The physicians are board-certified in pediatrics and the nurses specialize in taking care of children. They are able to understand child-specific issues at a deeper level and, in general, even have better toys to help comfort and distract a child from what could be a scary situation.
This chart helps illustrate which type of medical services may be best based on each individual situation:
ER, Urgent Care or Virtual Visit
For a quick reference, check out the chart below to know when to go to the ER , urgent care, or a virtual visit through the AdventHealth app.
If your child is experiencing a true medical emergency, please dial 911 immediately.
Dedicated Emergency Care Created Just for Kids
AdventHealth for Children’s convenient network of care has nearly 20 locations staffed with pediatric-certified nurses and doctors ready to assist you, 24 hours a day. To locate an emergency room near you, visit AdventHealthforChildren.com/ER.
Urgent Care Just for Kids
When the situation doesn’t call for an emergency room visit, consider Centra Care for non-life-threatening pediatric medical needs. You have access to AdventHealth’s 30 convenient Centra Care locations throughout Central Florida.
Centra Care locations are staffed with adult and pediatric-trained physicians that are accessible when you need them — seven days a week — with some centers open until midnight. Find the location nearest you or make an online reservation at CentraCareKids.org.
Centra Care Kids Lake Mary
105 South Country Club Road
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Centra Care Kids Winter Park
2325 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
Virtual Visits From Anywhere
For the treatment of minor illnesses, consider a virtual visit from one of their trained pediatric medical providers through the AdventHealth app, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
From the comfort of home (or anywhere), you can have a doctor’s appointment with a provider via secure video chat on your smartphone or tablet. Afterward, your doctor can send a prescription to your preferred pharmacy where you can pick it up at your convenience.
You can download the AdventHealth app on the Apple App Store or Google Play to get started.
Find a Pediatrician
For routine pediatric care, you can select from their network of board-certified pediatricians in Central Florida. Find the right pediatrician for your child by visiting AdventHealthforChildren.com/PrimaryCare or call 407-303-KIDS.
Original publication: https://www.adventhealth.com/blog/know-where-go-kids-health-needs