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Tips For Dealing With Social Distancing

Social distancing may be the term we have become familiar with, but to many it has come to mean isolation and loneliness.  Loneliness can breed fear, anxiety, and sadness. We hope the need for social distancing will end soon, but while we are living through it, many need some tips for dealing with social distancing.

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Dr. Germer Retirement Announcement

After 43 years of practicing medicine it is time to turn the page, my last day at The Lincoln Pediatric Group will be September 1st 2020.  I will miss the families that I’ve been fortunate to work with the most.  My general health is good and it’s time to spend more time with my wife and family.

Our pediatric office has weathered the initial portion of the covid-19 pandemic well but statistically this is just getting started… wear masks, sanitize and social distance!

We have wonderful providers in our office who will be able to assume care from me.  Thanks again to you all. Dr. Mike Germer

We will send out further instruction on the transition of your child’s care to another doctor soon!


Important COVID Protocol


COVID-19 Office Update

Lincoln Pediatric Group continues to be dedicated to the health and well-being of our patients and families.  We monitor information and advice in regards to COVID-19 from the most reputable and up-to-date sources we have, including the CDC, WHO, and more locally from Children’s, UNMC, and Boys Town.  This situation is fluid, so please continue to be patient with our pediatric office as procedures and policies. These are changing and will continue to evolve over time.  Our phone lines are busy.  We are working as quickly as possible to answer and return phone messages.

Our chief goal is to continue to provide care for our families while still being cognizant of our responsibility to the community at large.  It is of the utmost concern that we limit exposure, and thus, transmission as much as we possibly can. We have a responsibility to ensure personal protection to our patients and their families, as well as our employees

Effective 3/17/2020, our office will initiate the following procedures.  

  • Morning hours will be reserved for well visits. These will be restricted to new-born to two years of age.  We will be contacting all other scheduled well visits to cancel/reschedule.
  • Afternoon and evening hours will be reserved for sick visits
  • All patients will be assessed for COVID-19 risk prior to being allowed in clinical care area
  • We request that only one healthy parent/caregiver accompany the patient.  Please leave siblings at home. We are happy to involve others at the time of the appointment via FaceTime or Skype.

We are ramping up our telemedicine capabilities, which will help us not only in this difficult scenario but also in the future.  We will provide you with information on this level of access once we are up and running.

We have instituted specific triage methods to help decrease the amount of exposure – including families utilizing their vehicles as waiting rooms and as locations of potential examinations as well.   Although we do have some limited tests for COVID-19, we are also very limited in our supply of protective equipment needed to keep staff protected during test collection.  We hope to expand the avenues of testing for our families in the coming days/weeks.

Until that time, we will be using this page as the primary source for keeping our families informed about the latest information.  We encourage you to bookmark this page to stay up to date on the latest information.  Below are online references we trust and are excellent resources for all.

We also want to stress the importance of following social distancing guidelines.  Please keep your family home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary trips out of the house.  Doing your part to help slow down the spread of this virus is the best thing you can do at this time.  Also, wash your hands!

Thanks for your understanding.

https://www.coronavirus.gov/

https://lincoln.ne.gov/city/health/index.htm

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx


Coronavirus Tips

Use these links to find the most up to date information regarding the Coronavirus in our community and country:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://lincoln.ne.gov/city/health/

 

Watch this video from our very own Dr. Boucher, on how to protect your family from the Coronavirus!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWLHKAz_Ix8&list=PLqclgkBW2KhOO45FHiMsF0snkQ8yvPauE&index=3&t=0s


Flu Shots Available. All insurance types!

We have received all our shipments of flu vaccine for all insurances. Call the office to schedule or stay tuned for an announcement next week for another Saturday walk in flu shot clinic!


Flu Shots Available! (Private Insurance Only)

We received a shipment of PRIVATE insurance flu vaccine!🤩
Call our pediatric office in Lincoln to get your appointment scheduled! Don’t forget about our WALK IN flu shot clinic on 9/21 from 9:00 am-11:30 am.

If you have questions about the arrival of our medicaid vaccine shipment, please contact our office and ask for Morgan.


WALK IN FLU SHOT CLINIC!

‼️Big news‼️
Although we are still waiting for our first shipment of flu vaccine, we are planning ahead! We have locked in a date for another WALK-IN FLU SHOT CLINIC!

Saturday, September 21st from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Check in starts at 8:45 a.m. Last patient will be checked in at 11:30. Last year was such a success and we are so happy to be able to offer this option again. Please comment below with your questions, or call our office! (Please note, this is for LPG patients only)

⭐️PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND WEBSITE FOR UPDATES ON AVAILABILITY OR DELAY’S OF THIS YEARS VACCINE⭐️


Flu Vaccine Update

Update on flu vaccine: We know you are all eager to make appointments for the flu vaccine. At this time, we have not received any shipments. We are hoping to receive the first shipment mid-September! This shipment is for those with private insurance. We will update our facebook page and website as soon as we know more and have flu shot clinics available for scheduling. We will also update both of these places when we have information on the shipment of vaccines for those with medicaid insurance. Thank you!