Clark Avenue Connection

Dr. Ben Meares

Weekend Notes

Written by Dr. Ben Meares

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It’s the Weekend, September 23 and 24, 2017

No Walk-In Appointments on the Weekend

  • Patients are seen by appointment only on all holidays and weekends.
  • If you think your child may need to be seen this weekend, call 919-781-7490 in the morning after 9 am and speak to the nurse working with the On Call Pediatrician.
  • Saturday Clinic begins 10am and Sunday Clinic begins at 11am. Clinic ending time varies depending on how busy we are.
  • After clinic, we are available to speak by phone about any urgent concerns you may have.

The Weekend Lineup

After Hours Care

  • Our On Call Pediatrician manages our after hours care.
  • Urgent calls outside regular hours: 919-781-7490
  • After hours backup number: 919-831-5526
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Dr. Ben Meares

Shot Box

September 20, 2017 – “As of September 20th, RCAM Flu Vaccine Clinics are open for those with private insurance.”

Private-Supplied Flu Vaccine:

For those patients who have private insurance, we have received our shipment of flu vaccine and can begin giving those shots. (Private insurance is through a company such as BCBS, United Healthcare, Cigna, etc.)

State-Supplied Flu Vaccine:

For the following groups, the flu vaccine is supplied by the State of North Carolina:

  • Insured by Medicaid
  • Uninsured
  • Native Americans or Native Alaskans
  • Insured by a medical cost sharing plan

We have NOT yet received an adequate supply of these State-funded flu vaccines, so we CANNOT begin vaccinating patients in this group yet.  We have no control over this and have no way to predict when we will receive it.  We will start as soon as we can get our supply of vaccines, so stay tuned.

While we dislike separating these two groups, we simply must get started using the vaccine we have.

Also Important to Note:

Again this year, FluMist will not be available. As you may have heard in the news, FluMist has not been as effective recently.  We hope to have it by next year, but for now, FluMist is not recommended and is not available.  This year, we are again “stuck” with the shot!


Dr. Todd Harris

Houston: What Can I Do?

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Hurricane Harvey

August 29, 2017 – Many times we see images like the ones coming from Houston – the sights are overwhelming – you want to help but… what can I do?

Three things your pediatrician would like to share on this topic:

  1. How can I help? Someone really did their homework compiling this broad list of ways to help the people of Houston.
  2. What do I tell my kids? Here is a link from the American Academy of Pediatrics that offers suggestions about how to talk to children about disasters.
  3. How can my family be better prepared? Last summer we compiled this list of parent resources regarding disaster preparedness.

 

 

 


Dr. Todd Harris

Dr Emily Ross First Day

August 2, 2017 – A landmark day yesterday at RCAM as we welcomed Dr. Emily Ross to her first day as a Pediatrician working at Raleigh Children & Adolescent Medicine!

Raleigh Native Returns Home

Dr. Ross is from Raleigh. Somehow, she ended up out of state for college but returned for medical school, pediatric residency and yesterday she joined us at RCAM.

Read more about her here.

 


Dr. Todd Harris

July 26, 2017 – As you are making your weekend plans, consider joining us for a great meal to benefit someone who is pretty important to our RCAM-ily.

If you haven’t heard, one of our nurses – Erika Johnson – recently learned that she needs a kidney transplant.

A group of Erika’s supporters have organized a lunch this Saturday – all proceeds will go to help offset some of the significant costs that she has and will no doubt incur.

Details about the lunch are listed on the flyer below.

It is no small thing to process news like this and to then experience how it changes your life. We want to be sure that Erika does not go through this without being certain of our support and encouragement.

If you can’t make it to the lunch but you would like to make a contribution, Erika’s supporters have also organized a GoFundMe page that can be found here.

 

Buds Tavern-Erika Benefit 7 29 17


Dr. Tom Sena

Holiday Coverage: Fourth of July

Written by Dr. Tom Sena

Independence Day Holiday Schedule

July 3, 2017NOTE: Tuesday, July 4th is a holiday at RCAM; to summarize:

  1. Monday – July 3rd – typical Monday at the Duraleigh and Brier Creek offices
  2. TuesdayIndependence Day – July 4th – both offices closed for routine business; Holiday On-Call Clinic will operate at Duraleigh; call if an urgent medical need arises with one of your children
  3. Wednesday – July 5th – typical Wednesday at the Duraleigh and Brier Creek offices

Dr. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Summer Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Kids having fun at the pool during the summer

June 21, 2017 – Yesterday was the official beginning of summer, so yesterday we said “goodbye” to spring – and “goodbye” to our spring website banner picture of ‘family walking on the partially tree-shaded path‘.

We welcome summer, and – with summer – we welcome a new summer website banner picture: “Welcome” we say to ‘three children at the pool with a pink floaty’.

A few things going on this summer at Raleigh Children and Adolescents Medicine:

  1. CHECK UPS: Did you know that your teenage child’s well visit (a.k.a. “checkup” or “complete physical”) meets the requirements for participating in school sports? At that visit, we can complete your child’s school sports form (and in Wake County that will cover the next 13 months of athletic participation). If you need a form completed and you have already had a check up this year – no worries – we can complete that form based on information gathered at that visit. There is no need for a ‘Physical’ at an Urgent Care or a Pharmacy Clinic. Just send us your school’s sports form with your portion already completed. You can drop it by, mail it, or send it to us through your email or fax.
  2. Dr Emily Ross joins RCAMNEW PEDIATRICIAN joining RCAM! Dr. Emily Ross begins August 1st. More about Dr. Ross later, but we are excited for her to join the RCAM-ily for the next 40 or so years (imagine the stories she will tell at RCAM’s 90th anniversary).
  3. ePRESCRIBING MEDICATIONS that previously required a hand-delivered, paper hard copy: For over 10 years, we have been able to send most prescriptions electronically directly to your pharmacy. This practice reduces transcription errors and typically is more convenient for our patients. However, certain medications have continued to require a paper hard copy that must then be hand-delivered to the pharmacy. The Pediatricians at RCAM are currently working through the authorization process for sending these prescriptions electronically. We are happy to offer a service that improves patient safety and convenience.
  4. PAYMENTS THROUGH THE PATIENT PORTAL: Do you prefer electronic bill paying? Coming in July, payments on your account will be able to be made electronically through our Patient Portal.
  5. CHINI WAPI DONATIONS: Many will recall Dr. Rick Gessner and his family spent 2 years on a medical mission in Kenya. His daughter Anna returns there this month and she has been collecting women’s underwear to distribute to women there living in prisons or remote tribes. You may have seen signs in our office about her trip. She collected more than 800 pairs. We estimate 200-250 were donated by families at RCAM. Thank you for your contributions.

And now, what would summer fun be without your pediatrician there to remind you about safety?

  • A brief video from the AAP about sun protection:

  • If you like lists (I know you are out there), here are some tips from the AAP’s website: healthychildren.org: Summer Safety Tips
  • Finally, from our local paper, The News & Observer, here is a video about what to do should you find yourself in a rip current. A terrifying thought, but more proof that having the right information can save your life:
RCAM hopes your family makes memories of a summer full of good health and good play!

Dr. Todd Harris

Open web

June 14, 2017 – A water pipe burst in a second floor suite at our Brier Creek location.

Our office was fortunate to be one of the dry ones.

We have been able to get our cable, communications and water back so Thursday our Brier Creek office will  be open for regular business.


Dr. Todd Harris
  • Juice is not as healthy as the labeling may suggest.
  • The problem is too much sugar. A lot of calories delivered in a small volume is known to contribute to childhood obesity.
  • Pediatric Dentists don’t like juice either. Even “just a splash” in a child’s cup that they drink throughout the day can cause tooth decay. The teeth need a break from sugar in between meals.

 In summary, 1) No juice before 1 year old and 2) Do not allow your child juice – in any amount – as their “walk around” hydration.


Dr. Todd Harris

It’s Sport-A-Shirt-Share-A-Night Day

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

2017 Shirt

May 5, 2017 – Today we celebrate our “Annual Relaxed Dress Code Day” – a.k.a. “Sport-a-Shirt-Share-a-Night Day” by wearing t-shirts in support of the Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House charity supports families who are going through their most difficult timesduring the illness of a loved one.

RCAM is proud to support this effort each year.