For parents, there’s not much worse than hearing a small, sad voice say the words, “Mom? Dad? I don’t feel so good.”
Especially when those words pop up over the weekend, or near the end of a long day, when most pediatricians’ offices are either closed or already packed with appointments scheduled long in advance.
Fortunately for parents in Baltimore County, the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital has recently opened an outpost in Lutherville. The facility, which is located on Bellona Avenue, at the end of Charles Street near 695 and 83, provides immediate care during weekend days and in the late afternoon and evening during the week.
“The idea is to provide care when doctors’ offices are closed,” says Medical Director Christian Wright. Unlike other urgent care facilities, the UMD Pediatrics facility is staffed with pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners – professionals who are specifically trained in treating children.
“We do strep tests, urine tests and flu and RSV testing,” says Wright. The location, he says, sees a lot of strep throat and ear infections – conditions that are easily tested and treated, but that can be painful for kids to weather overnight, while waiting for appointments at their regular pediatricians’ offices.
Though the office does not perform X-rays, bloodwork or some other lab tests, the staff is familiar with a wide range of pediatric ailments. “The benefit is that we are all trained in pediatrics and have experience with pediatric illnesses,” he says.
And best of all, the office is extremely convenient for people in the Baltimore County suburbs. “We’ve had wonderful feedback from parents,” says Wright. “They’re happy to know they can get pediatric care in their own neighborhood.”
University of Maryland Pediatrics at Lutherville. 1302 Bellona Avenue, Lutherville, MD 21093. 667-214-2200. umm.edu/programs/childrens/patient-information/locations/lutherville
Open for immediate care (no appointment required); 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Also open for specialty care (appointment required); 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
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