Weiss Pediatric Care provides accessible, continuous care through week day appointments for same-day sick visits, scheduled check-ups, breastfeeding counseling, parenting consultation, developmental screening, immunizations, flu shots, and other services. Patients also have access to 24/7 telephone support.
Call us for an appointment today: 941-552-8341
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To accommodate our families, we have extended hours on Mondays until 5:30 p.m. for sick appointments only.
At Weiss Pediatric Care, our goal is not only to help when your child is sick, but also to keep your child, and your whole family well. The most important way we do this is to see your child for a series of Well-Child Visits that are scheduled according to American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines. Babies and toddlers have frequent check-ups during the early years. Beginning at age three, children are seen annually for well visits.
A typical well visit at Weiss Pediatric Care may last between 30-60 minutes (so be sure to allow plenty of time when scheduling these appointments!). That’s because our preventative visits include a comprehensive head-to-toe exam and much more.
Here are some of the things you can expect at Weiss Pediatric Care’s well-child visits, in addition to a physical examination:
• Medical History & Pre-visit Questionnaire – including physical concerns, sleep habits, eating habits, screen time, exercise, school performance, extracurricular activities, and relationships with family and friends
• Vital signs documentation – height, weight, and blood pressure
• Growth and development monitoring
• Vision (including Spot Vision screening for infants and young children), hearing, hemoglobin, urine, and cholesterol testing
• Developmental, social/emotional, and behavioral screening – completed by parents and preteens/teens
• Health education and anticipatory guidance – for injury prevention, risk reduction, and parenting success
• Vaccinations – a series of important immunizations that help prevent serious illnesses and even saves lives.
• Referrals – medical, developmental, educational, and mental health specialists, as needed
Together with you and your child, we will also assess what, if anything warrants a closer look or a longer conversation. We may ask you to schedule a follow-up visit for issues and concerns such as school problems; ADHD; allergy and asthma management; acne, wart removal and other skin problems; diet and healthy weight; and chronic stomachaches or headaches.
Well-visit surveys are made available to you through our confirmation and pre-registration text messaging system. Be sure to keep an eye out for a text message from us several days prior to a scheduled well visit so that you can complete the registration process and surveys ahead of time.
If your child is sick and needs to be seen, please call for an appointment as soon as possible. We make every effort to provide same-day appointments for ill children, or within 24 hours when appropriate.
If you’re uncertain about your child’s health or symptoms, check out the “Is Your Child Sick” link on our home page for answers to commonly asked questions, symptom management, and medicine dosages. You can also call our office to speak to a member of our clinical team during office hours and receive 24/7 telephone support for after-hours concerns that cannot wait until the office reopens.
When calling the office regarding a sick child, a staff member will ask questions about your child’s symptoms, the duration of the symptoms, health issues your child might have, and any medications (including over-the-counter meds) your child is taking. Being prepared to answer those questions will help us provide optimal guidance, and appropriately schedule necessary appointments.
Telehealth is available for follow-up ADHD appointments, and during health emergencies, such as the COVID Pandemic, for selective issues that can be addressed using video interactions. You will need a personal computer, tablet, or smartphone with audio and video capability.
Here’s what you need to do for telehealth visits:
- Make sure your child is present during the telehealth visit so that Dr. Weiss can visually exam him/her.
- Please weigh your child and take his/her temperature and provide that information to one of our nurses or Dr. Weiss at the start of your visit.
- You may need to use your device to help Dr. Weiss see eyes, mouth, skin, breathing and other visually important markers to allow for more accurate diagnosis and treatment. Mobile phones are often the best way to do this.
- At the time of your appointment, please log into Dr. Weiss’s virtual waiting room by clicking on link you receive approximately 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. Dr. Weiss will join you shortly. He may be with another patient when you first log in, much like in the office. So please be patient. He’ll be with you as soon as possible.
Billing and Insurance
Most insurance companies cover the cost of a telehealth appointment the same way they do a typical office visit. We will bill your insurance for your telehealth visit. You will be responsible for copay/ coinsurance and/or deductible just as you would be for an in-office visit. Please be sure to provide up-to-date insurance information during your mobile check-in process.
A Sports Physical helps determine whether it is safe for a youngster to participate in a particular sport. Most schools and programs require that kids and teens have a sports physical before starting a new sport or beginning a new competitive season.
Because we know your child – and your child’s health history – Weiss Pediatric Care offers Sports Physicals as an alternative to those available at Quick Cares and other in-and-out medical facilities.
During a Sports Physical, we’ll take a medical history and provide a physical exam that includes height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, and vision screening. We’ll also check heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose and throat, and evaluate posture, joints, strength and flexibility.
Sports Physicals focus on your child’s well-being specifically as it relates to athletic issues. A regular physical exam is far more comprehensive and addresses overall well-being, including things that are unrelated to sports. Sports Physicals are not a substitute for well visits so it is still important for your child to have a regular yearly physical exam.
Some forms, including sports forms, may require a separate physical exam. Insurance typically will not cover Sports Physicals. The fee for a non-covered Sports Physical is $49.
HEALTH & IMMUNIZATION FORMS & ADDITIONAL FORMS
Your child’s immunization record and physical forms are uploaded to your child’s patient portal* by the end of the day following a completed well visit. You can print as many copies of these forms as needed.
Additional forms such as camp, sports, college, boy scouts, etc. are available upon request for children who have had a well visit at Weiss Pediatric Care within the past 12 months. Many of these forms are detailed and require a parent to fill in a significant portion before the physician can sign the form. Please complete the parent section before providing these forms to us. Requested forms are uploaded to your child’s secure patient portal within 3 business days for a $15 fee. There is a $25 rush fee for same day and next day requests.
*On the portal, select your child’s initials on the home page; go to the patient information tab and follow the forms link.
AFTER HOURS / URGENT CARE
Many answers to your after-hours questions can be found on our home page. Check out the “Is Your Child Sick” link for answers to commonly asked questions, symptom management, and medicine dosages
We are also available by phone to 24/7. If your child has a medical issue that cannot wait until the office reopens, you can reach a member of the Weiss Pediatric Care Clinical Team by calling our office at 941-552-8341. Our after-hours phone message directs you to our answering service, who contacts our on-call provider. If you do not receive a response within one hour, please call the service again so that they can ensure that the provider received your message.
Whenever possible, please call us if you think your child requires treatment at an Urgent Care Facility or Emergency Room. We can either provide advice for managing symptoms at home until the office reopens or suggest the most appropriate place for your child to be seen on an urgent basis.
IF YOUR CHILD RECEIVES CARE ELSEWHERE…
If your child is seen for medical care elsewhere, through self-referral, for urgent care outside of our office hours, or for emergency care in a hospital, please call the office and let us know. We’ll request copies of any medical records, so we can incorporate them into your child’s complete medical history, and schedule follow-up care in our office.
We accept many insurance plans. Some are listed below. Other insurance plans may be accepted so please call to inquire.
Aetna (excluding Aetna Select Open Access)
Blue Cross (excluding My Blue)
Cigna ( excluding Cigna Connect and Cigna Local Plus)
Tricare Standard/Tricare for Life
United Health Care
2201 Cantu Ct, Suite 117
Sarasota, FL 34232