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Important Update Regarding COVID-19 – March 30th, 2020

In line with the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) regarding the importance of continuing well-child care during the current pandemic, we have reserved ALL appointments in our Newtown Office and the 1st Floor of our Trevose Office for well-child visits only.

In our Valley Square, Northeast, and St. Mary Offices we will continue to see only well-child visits in the afternoon once all of the offices have been fully sanitized from the morning appointments.

Upon arriving for any appointment in our office, please call the office at 215-491-5222 or any of our main office numbers. All patients and visitors to our offices will continue to be screened by phone and check-in from their car upon their arrival.

When directed to enter the office, all patients and visitors will have their temperature taken to ensure that it is safe to enter the offices where well children are being seen. Please note that anyone with a fever will not be permitted to enter the well visit offices under this temporary restriction.

In order to accommodate only well-child appointments, walk-in hours in our Newtown Office have been suspended until further notice. Walk-In appointments are still available in all other offices as normally scheduled; however, please remember to call our office from your car upon arrival to check-in. Please DO NOT enter the office without calling first.

As a reminder, telemedicine appointments are now available with our Providers! If you would like to have your child seen via telemedicine, please contact our office to set up an appointment today! There is no need to pre-register for this service, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the link to see our Providers upon scheduling. Appointments require a smart device or computer with a video camera and microphone.

Thank you all for continuing to place your trust in our Practice to care for your children during these difficult times!

Information Regarding COVID-19 and MK Peds – Updated 3/18/2020

March 18th, 2020

Dear Parent/Patient,

We are reaching out today to provide additional updates on the actions taken by our Practice during this challenging COIVD-19 situation.

Our doctors are continuing to stay up to date on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We are doing everything possible to ensure that we are able to continue caring for our patients throughout the remainder of this pandemic. As we have announced previously, it has been necessary to make certain operational adjustments in our offices to ensure the continued safety of our patients and staff. We want to thank all of our patients for their continued understanding and flexibility with these adjustments!

In a continued effort to care for all of our patients, while also doing our part to stop the spread of this virus, we have made some additions to our previous list of modifications:

COMING TO OUR OFFICE – PLEASE DO NOT enter any of our offices without calling first if you have concerns related to COVID-19, have a known (or likely) exposure, OR if you have symptoms consistent with the virus (i.e. fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). This includes not utilizing our walk-in hours for any of these circumstances.

PHONE CALLS – We continue to screen all patient calls for potential risk exposure to COVID-19 to ensure that patients with a known (or likely) exposure are not coming into the office without the appropriate precautions.

WELL VISITS – It is important to remember that timely well child care is a cornerstone of keeping our children healthy. Even throughout times of widespread disease or illness, it is vital to limit a child’s risk by remaining up to date on all preventive care. To ensure that we can continue to provide these services without interruption, we have modified our well visit schedules to limit these appointments to the afternoon only. During these times there will be no scheduled sick appointments in our offices. Further, in order to ensure that our offices remain safe for your children, our offices are being thoroughly disinfected multiple times daily.

OUR STAFF – We have an extremely dedicated group of providers and staff members who remain committed to your child’s health throughout this pandemic. We are taking every necessary precaution to ensure that our staff remain able to continue to provide care. Each staff member has their temperature taken and is screened prior to the start of their shift to ensure that they are not at higher risk of spreading the virus.

VISITORS – Throughout the remainder of this pandemic, we are limiting the number of people who can accompany a patient during their visit to one parent/guardian. We recognize that in certain circumstances it may be necessary to bring siblings with you to facilitate a visit; however, if there are any alternative arrangements that can be made to avoid this, please do so.

TELEMEDICINE – In an effort to continue providing all of our patients access to your trusted health care providers, Margiotti & Kroll Pediatrics will begin to offer telemedicine services on Monday, March 23rd. It is our hope that this service offering will provide patients who otherwise could come in to one of our offices the ability to consult with our providers via a secure platform. While a telemedicine visit is not a replacement for an in-office (face to face) appointment with our providers, we hope this technology will allow us to address certain focused concerns for our patients during these difficult times. Examples of some appointment reasons that may be appropriate for telemedicine visits are:
o Evaluation for COVID-19 related concerns;
o Routine ADD/ADHD medication checks;
o Cold symptoms with NO respiratory difficulty or fever;
o Pink eye with NO fever;
o Allergy symptoms;
o Localized rashes;
o Vomiting and/or diarrhea with NO constant and/or severe pain;
o Concussions;
o Feeding difficulties.
PLEASE NOTE: Our Practice has always made sure that all decisions related to medical care were done in the best interest of our patients. Beginning a telemedicine offering will not change this commitment. Our providers will not compromise their standard of excellent medical care during these challenging times. We feel strongly that the risk of compromising our medical care poses a much higher risk to our patients than that of a poor outcome from contracting COVID-19. That said, despite our best efforts to address a patient’s concern via telemedicine, there may be instances where our providers are not able to fully resolve an issue. In these circumstances, we will explain why an in-person visit is necessary to address the patient’s complaint appropriately.

MEDICAL HOME – Please continue to remember that Margiotti & Kroll Pediatrics is your medical home, especially in times like these! It is important not to go to the emergency department or urgent care center without calling our office first! We are your doctors and we want to make sure you are getting the most appropriate care while also not overwhelming our local resources.

TRUSTED INFORMATION – We recognize that there is a lot of information available regarding COVID-19. Please be sure to utilize trusted information sources for your information such as the CDC, AAP, and your local health departments.

Quality patient care is and will continue to be our top priority as we continue to navigate these difficult times. We sincerely appreciate the privilege of being your trusted provider of care to your child(ren) and we thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation and flexibility.

Letter to Patients Re: COVID-19 Operational Changes

Important Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please read the following information regarding the current situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The most recent school closure in our area, due to a potential exposure to COVID-19, has likely increased your concern for your own child’s risk to this virus. It is important to remember some helpful information to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

Coronavirus is transmitted the same as influenza and other viruses and can be eliminated with good cleaning and personal hygiene practices. Some tips from the CDC to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as coronavirus, include:

1) Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow, not your hands;
2) Wash your hands often with soap and water. (An alcohol-based hand sanitizer is acceptable if soap and water are not available.);
3) Disinfect ‘high traffic’ surfaces regularly (i.e. countertops, door handles, light switches, mobile devices, etc.);
4) Stay home from school, work, and out of the general public when you are sick. Children should not return to school/daycare until they have been fever-free (without use of medications) for 24 hours in order to protect the other children in the class;
5) Avoid close contact with others who are sick.

As always, our practice remains ready to see any patient in need of care. When calling our office, please keep in mind that at this time there is no in-office testing available for COVID-19. Testing is only available through the Pennsylvania Dept of Health and is not indicated unless a patient is suspected to have COVID-19.

Treatment for COVID-19 is supportive care, similar to that of other viral illnesses. Use of Tylenol and Motrin and cool-mist humidifiers are recommended. It is important to drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest when sick. The greatest risk that COVID-19 poses is to the elderly and those with a weakened immune system.

We know that there has been a lot of information communicated in recent weeks regarding COVID-19. Unfortunately, this constant media coverage regarding COVID-19 has led to a great deal of fear and panic. While it is important to stay informed, you should be sure to use trusted information sources such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for updates.

Lastly, cases of influenza are far more prevalent worldwide than those of the coronavirus. If you haven’t already gotten your flu shot this season, it is not too late!

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Northeast Office 11/15 – 11/16

The Northeast Office will be closed on Friday 11/15 and Saturday 11/16 to accommodate the re-paving of the medical complex. Please note that the providers and staff from this office will be seeing patients in our Trevose office during the construction. Please call our office with any questions or to schedule an appointment. 215-331-5800 Thank you for your understanding!

Sunday Walk-Ins in Newtown!

Starting Sunday November 3rd, 2019, and throughout the Winter season, we will be offering Sunday walk-in visits at our Newtown location IN ADDITION to our Trevose location. Walk-in hours are 10:15-11:45am.

Yardley Office Relocation Announcement

We are very excited to announce our plans to open a brand new medical office suite near the Oxford Valley Mall in the Town Center Corporate Campus at 868 Town Center Drive, Langhorne, PA 19047.  This office will replace our existing location in Yardley at 1690 Big Oak Road.

We began operating our fifth medical office in Yardley on February 1st, 2019 when we assumed the care of patients from Lower Bucks Pediatrics following their closure on January 31st.  Since that time, we have been searching for a long-term location to serve our patients in the Lower Bucks County region.

Beginning on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019, we will temporarily relocate current operations in the Big Oak Road location to office space in the St. Mary Medical Office Building at 1205 Langhorne-Newtown Road, Suite 309 until construction of the new office is complete.  It is estimated that the new space will be completed in the spring of 2020.  The temporary office location at St. Mary will continue to offer the same office hours as the existing Yardley Office Monday thru Saturday including morning walk-in hours each day.  If you need to reach the office for any questions, you should continue to dial (215) 493-5800 or (215) 493-1750.

We are confident that the switch to these locations will allow us to continue to provide the same high quality patient care. We sincerely appreciate the privilege of being your child(ren)’s trusted provider and we thank you in advance for your anticipated understanding throughout this transition.

Margiotti & Kroll Pediatrics providing care to patients of Lower Bucks Pediatrics

Margiotti & Kroll Pediatrics is pleased to announce that, effective February 1, 2019, we will be providing care to existing patients of Lower Bucks Pediatrics after they close their office on January 31, 2019. In an effort to minimize the impact to patients of the practice, we will continue to operate their office located at 1690 Big Oak Road in Yardley. So that you and your child can look forward to the same level of personal support and attention that you have come to expect from our practice, we are excited to share that some of Lower Bucks’ current staff and providers will also be joining Margiotti & Kroll Pediatrics. More information about this transition will be made available to patients of Lower Bucks Pediatrics as soon as it is available.

MKP LBP Transition Letter

3/21 Inclement Weather Adjusted Hours

Due to the potentially hazardous weather that is forecasted for today, we have adjusted our scheduled office hours for Wednesday, March 21st.
Please see below for the scheduled hours of operation in each office:
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM – OPEN for Walk-Ins
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Scheduled Appointments
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM – CLOSED
8:15 AM – 9:15 AM – OPEN for Walk-Ins
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Scheduled Appointments
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM – CLOSED
Valley Square
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM – OPEN for Walk-Ins
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Scheduled Appointments
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM – CLOSED
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Scheduled Appointments
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM – CLOSED

We will plan to re-open all offices with normally scheduled office hours on Thursday, March 22nd.

* If additional modifications are necessary this information will be updated on Thursday 3/22/18

3/7 Inclement Weather Adjusted Hours

In anticipation of the potentially hazardous weather that is forecasted for tomorrow, we have adjusted our scheduled office hours for Wednesday, March 7th.
Please see below for the scheduled hours of operation in each office:
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM – OPEN for Walk-Ins
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Scheduled Appointments
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM – CLOSED
8:15 AM – 9:15 AM – OPEN for Walk-Ins
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Scheduled Appointments
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM – CLOSED
Valley Square
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM – OPEN for Walk-Ins
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Scheduled Appointments
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM – CLOSED
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – OPEN for Scheduled Appointments
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM – CLOSED

* If additional modifications are necessary this information will be updated on Wednesday 3/7/18

We will plan to re-open all offices with normally scheduled office hours on Thursday, March 8th.