Clark Avenue Connection

Dr. Jen Long

Wednesday Notes

Written by Dr. Jen Long

Today is Wednesday, July 18, 2018

  • This morning we sign off from our answering service at 8:00 am to take calls directly from our office.
  • We will be in the office until we finish our On Call Evening Clinic (typically around 7:00 pm).

Walk-Ins

  • 9:00 – 9:30 am (NOTE: Wednesday Walk-Ins occur one hour later than a typical weekday): Today if you arrive at the Duraleigh office during that time your child will be seen by our pediatrician(s) covering walk-in patients.
  • Walk-In appointments are for acute sick visits only (symptoms of a short duration).
  • As always, all other visits today are scheduled by appointment only.

Today’s Lineup

  • On Call PediatricianDr. Jen Long will be rounding on our newborns at Rex Hospital and running our On Call Evening Clinic.
  • In our Duraleigh Office today:  Drs. Muff Carr, Todd Harris, Jen Long, Emily Ross and Tom Sena
  • In our Brier Creek Office today:  Drs. Jamila Fletcher and Rick Gessner

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. Rick Gessner

Tuesday Notes

Written by Dr. Rick Gessner

Today is Tuesday, July 17, 2018

  • This morning we sign off from our answering service at 8:00 am to take calls directly from our office.
  • We will be in the office until we finish our On Call Evening Clinic (typically around 7:00 pm).

Walk-Ins

  • 8:00 – 8:30 am: Today if you arrive at the Duraleigh office during that time your child will be seen by our pediatrician(s) covering walk-in patients.
  • Walk-In appointments are for acute sick visits only (symptoms of a short duration).
  • As always, all other visits today are scheduled by appointment only.

Today’s Lineup

  • On Call PediatricianDr. Rick Gessner will be rounding on our newborns at Rex Hospital and running our On Call Evening Clinic.
  • In our Duraleigh Office today:  Drs. Muff Carr, Rick Gessner, Todd Harris, Sarah Owrey and Tom Sena
  • In our Brier Creek Office today:  Drs. Jamila Fletcher and Emily Ross

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. Todd Harris

Wednesday Day: Happy 4th of July Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Today is Tuesday, July 4, 2017

  • Both offices are closed for regular business today but keep in mind – like other holidays – we will offer a limited clinic at the Duraleigh Office
  • Patients will be seen today by appointment only – there are no walk-in appointments
  • If you think your child may need to be seen, call 919-781-7490
  • If possible, call in the morning (best time is between 9am and 11am) and speak to the nurse working with the On Call Pediatrician
  • 4th of July Holiday clinic begins at 10 am
  • After clinic, we are available to speak by phone about any urgent concerns you may have.

The Holiday Lineup:

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. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Summer 2018 Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

July 3, 2018 – Welcome to the banner change where, at Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine (RCAM), we officially move past spring and welcome the summer. This is a little late but – c’mon mana legend retired 11 days agocut us a little slack.

Therefore, without further ado, “Goodbye” totwo girls in field of marigolds‘ and “Hello” tochild peering over poolside‘.

Hot Weather Means: Time to Schedule Your Child / Teen’s Well Check

On Tuesday the WRAL thermometer got up to 97º. Have you scheduled your child’s well visit / complete physical yet?

  • Here is the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended schedule of well visits as endorsed by the pediatricians at RCAM.
  • Among those recommendations: every child 3 years old and above should have a well visit / complete physical every year.
  • If your child might play sports in middle school or high school, keep in mind their school will require them to have had a well visit / complete physical in the last year. The summer is a perfect time to take care of that. Call us and schedule a visit.

School Sports Participation Forms

Be ready when you hear at the last minute that your child wants to try out for their school’s quidditch team. Instead,

  1. Schedule an appointment (919-781-7490).
  2. Download the appropriate form your school requires.
  3. Bring the form to your appointment and we will complete it at your child’s well visit / physical.
  4. Avoid a crisis and have a completed form ready to go before school even begins.

Here are some of the local school athletic participation forms:

Happy 4th of July!

It is a holiday week. Here is the next 3 days’ schedule at RCAM:

  • Tuesday, July 3rd – Duraleigh and Brier Creek Offices both open regular weekday hours
  • Wednesday, July 4th – Duraleigh and Brier Creek Offices both closed for the Independence Day holiday; holiday coverage described here (in short, a limited clinic starting at 10am at the Duraleigh office)
  • Thursday, July 5th – Duraleigh and Brier Creek Offices back to being open regular weekday hours

Dr. Todd Harris

Dr. Lehan Retiring After 33 Years at RCAM

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

June 19, 2018 – How do you say “Goodbye” to an icon?

This week at Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine, we are trying to figure that out.

After 33 years, Friday, June the 22nd will be the last official workday for Leigh Lehan, MD.

Below is a token of what her peers had to say about those 33 years:

Leigh S. Lehan, MD Day Week

If you make it into the office, be aware that RCAM is celebrating her career for the entire week.

  • Monday, June 18th – ALLITERATION DAY – as we say goodbye to “LL”, we attempted to add our own alliteration to the day and all the while maintaining a pleasant, soothing demeanor – sorry you missed it.
  • Tuesday, June 19th – DIET SUNKIST DAY – Dr. Lehan is known for a ‘Sunny’ presence – she is also known to enjoy a Diet Sunkist from time to time, and – while that seems to be something none of the rest of us enjoys – on Tuesday we will take time to enjoy some of the small things that make the day more enjoyable
  • Wednesday, June 20th – NOTE CARD DAY – we will all do our best Dr. Lehan impersonation by writing thoughtful words on a piece of paper and sharing them with someone else in the office [NOTE about NOTE CARD DAY: if you are still reading this, you must be a big Dr. Lehan Fan like the rest of us; if so, please take a moment to write some words for her and we would be happy to sure that she gets them; send them to: RCAM / Dr. Lehan Retirement, 3100 Duraleigh Road, Suite 300, Raleigh, NC 27612]
  • Thursday, June 21st – BAKED GOODS & CRAFTS DAY – no explanation necessary
  • Friday, June 22nd – LEIGH S. LEHAN, MD DAY – Dr. Lehan began her career at RCAM in 1984 and we will try to recreate some of the themes of that era for her last day

Dr. Jen Long

Weekend Notes: Memorial Day Edition

Written by Dr. Jen Long

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, May 26, 27 and 28, 2018

  1. IMPORTANT NOTE: Our office will be closed for routine business on Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday
  2. We will offer a morning clinic for urgent needs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

 All patients seen at our Duraleigh office by appointment only

  • No walk-in appointments; be sure to call ahead
  • Try to call soon after 9am if you think your child may need to be seen to talk to the on call phone nurse
  • As always, we will be available for phone advice all day and every day

Your Memorial Day Weekend Lineup

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. Todd Harris

 

May 9, 2018Today is Nurses’ Day.

Actually – to be more correct – we are on the day we traditionally refer to as Nurses’ Day (not a real thing) right smack in the middle of Nurses’ Week (that’s the real thing).

They deserve a week but we will try to cram our appreciation into a lunch at Brio. Hopefully some pasta and chocolate lava cake will help drive home our message: we appreciate the work our nurses do for our patients.

Similarly, a few weeks ago we recognized Administrative Professionals’ Day.

On April 25th we took our front office staff to McCormick and Schmick’s and our message to them that day (along with some crispy flounder and crème brûlée) had a similar theme: RCAM can’t  perform its mission of helping children without the work of our Front Desk.

Both groups operate on the front lines of pediatric medicine – a challenging place to perform.

The Pediatricians of Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine – Drs. Carr, Lehan, Sena, T.Harris, Gessner, Meares, Fletcher, Long, L.Harris, and Ross – ask you to join us in recognizing our nurses and front office workers:

Thank you for your contribution to our important mission of helping the most important people in our lives – our children!

 


Dr. Leigh Lehan

It’s Easter Weekend, March 30, 31 and April 1, 2018

  1. IMPORTANT NOTE: Our office will be closed for routine business on Friday in observance of the Good Friday holiday
  2. We will offer a morning clinic for urgent needs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

 All patients seen at our Duraleigh office by appointment only

  • No walk-in appointments; be sure to call ahead
  • Try to call soon after 9am if you think your child may need to be seen to talk to the on call phone nurse
  • As always, we will be available for phone advice all day and every day

Your Easter Weekend Lineup

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. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Spring 2018 Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

March 26, 2018 – In case you hadn’t noticed – this past Tuesday – calendar winter gave way to calendar spring.

At that time, we also snuck in our new banner – the cold and solitary ‘boy making snow angel‘ was replaced by this colorful and congenial ‘two girls in a field of marigolds‘.

Since changing to a spring-themed banner, it has snowed twice so we now recognize that the banner change was nothing but wishful thinking.

Flu Season Winding Down

  • That was some February.
  • As you can see, there is some flu out there still but not very much.
  • Start planning for the 2018-2019 flu season. Mark your calendars: September and October are good months during which to get your flu vaccine so you can be protected throughout flu season.

Well Season Cranking Up

  • Call now to schedule your child’s camp or school physical.
  • If your child has already had their well visit / physical for this year, remember that we can complete school, athletic and camp forms based on information from that visit. There is no reason that you would have to go to an Urgent Care or a Pharmacy Clinic for your annual physical.

Holiday Week Coming Up

  • Our office will be closed for routine business on Friday, March 30th in observance of the Good Friday holiday.
  • Our holiday schedule is very similar to our weekend schedule and both are detailed here.
  • In short, we will offer a morning clinic at the Duraleigh office for urgent needs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • For predictable needs – like medication refills – try to call before Friday.

Dr. Todd Harris

March 20, 2018 – Some recommendations include so much common sense it almost feels silly to make the recommendation – until you are presented with the statistic listed below.

60,000 is a large number – particularly for something that should be close to 100% preventable.

Today is the day to put medications up and away – out of reach and out of sight.

Today is the day to go to the Up and Away website and review practical tips for taking control of this significant safety concern in your home.