CARING FOR YOUR SICK CHILD
The website, Is Your Child Sick?, administered by the Children's Hospital of Denver, offers reliable advice and excellent guidance on a variety of pediatric symptoms. If you are not sure whether an urgent after-hours phone call is warranted, we would encourage you to check this website for general advice. As always, rely on your common sense above all else, and if you are ever seriously concerned about the health of your child, call us or visit the nearest emergency room immediately.
Also, the following two office handouts might be helpful:
If you need to reach us after hours:
In the evening hours (after the office is closed but before 11:00 PM), and in the morning (after 7:00 AM but before the opening of our office), if you need to reach the on-call doctor urgently, call our main office number (201) 652-0300 and press "15" to leave a detailed voicemail message for the on-call doctor, and your call will be returned shortly. Make sure to speak your phone number clearly when you leave the message.
In the overnight hours, between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM, our practice uses a pediatrics telephone nurse based at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital to take emergency phone calls. These nurses are very well-trained and use detailed triage algorithms to decide on the proper overnight emergency care for your child until our office reopens the next morning. Be assured that if there is any question they cannot answer, they will contact our on-call physician, who will speak to you, if necessary, regardless of the hour. To reach the overnight triage nurse (again, only between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM), call (973) 569-6004.