To expand accessible care to families in the Parker community, Children’s Hospital Colorado opened a pediatric urgent care center.
Having been in the emergency department at Parker Adventist Hospital a few years ago, Dr. Erin Harvey, assistant professor of pediatrics and director of urgent care at Children’s Hospital Colorado said they are excited to have their own freestanding urgent care in the community.
Parker Urgent Care includes Children’s Hospital Colorado doctors, nurses, staff and board certified officials who are trained in pediatric care. Doctors will communicate directly with the child’s primary care provider, keep families informed of all diagnoses, treatments and tests in order to keep the medical record up-to-date and accurate.
“[Pediatricians] learned the specific mechanisms of pediatric injury and how they're different from adults and how medications affect kids differently,” said Harvey. “With our nurses and assistants are also pediatric trained and know how to deal with children at different developmental levels and provide a comforting and nurturing environment.”
Families can expect the care provided at Parker Urgent Care to be the same as the care received at the Anschutz location.
“Pediatricians, who are staffing our sites, do three extra years of training to specifically be able to take care of kids,” said Harvey.
The new facility includes outpatient care during the week, which can be made by appointment. According to the website, the facility offer’s specialty care clinics available through referral from the child’s primary care physician.
Conditions treated at the new location include but are not limited to mild allergic reactions and asthma attacks, minor broken bones and sprains, coughs, cold and congestion, fever in patients over 60 days old, rashes, skin irritation, sore throats, vomiting and or diarrhea.
When your child is unwell or injured, it can be difficult to determine whether to take them to an urgent care or the hospital. Harvey’s advice is for families to first call their pediatrician.
“They know your child,” said Harvey. “They can help decide whether this can wait until they can see you in the office or it needs to be seen on a more urgent basis and then decide where.”
Harvey also recommends families look at the ParentSmart Healthline and Children’s Hospital Colorado website for information.
In addition, pediatric sports medicine specialists are also available in the Parker Urgent Care facility. Care includes comprehensive assessments for improved sports performance, treatment and care for acute and overuse-related sports injuries, sports injury prevention education, physical therapy and access to a sports gym designed for agility training, cardio and strength training.
“There’s a variety of other sub-specialists who rotate through this space,” said Harvey. “They’re on sort of a weekly or monthly basis.”
Located at 9399 Crown Crest Blvd. Suite 300 in the Sierra Medical Building on the third floor, the Parker Urgent Care will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. all year round, including holidays.
“We really do value the medical home and are really committed to communication with patients, primary care providers about any of the care that’s done there, any of the test results, follow up plans, new medications, anything like that,” said Harvey.
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