Appointments and Rescheduling
During the national health emergency due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), our multidisciplinary cerebral palsy (CP) clinics and non-urgent in-person visits are suspended.
This decision coincides with national and state recommendations to limit patient exposure to medical settings for non-essential matters.
If you or your child has an appointment in the next several weeks, the CP Clinic / Pediatric Rehabilitation Division will contact you about your visit.
Although most of the CP team is working remotely, we are still available for your questions or concerns. We will offer you the opportunity for a voice or video visit (telemedicine).
Our telephone number for the physician office or to schedule appointments is 513-636-7480. You can also ask questions via MyChart. For help from our service coordinators, you can still call 513-803-GoCP (513-803-4627).
Specific Information for Patients with CP
In general, you or your child’s risk from coronavirus is equal to that of other people. However, we believe that if you or your child has associated significant, chronic conditions that impact your general health, you or your child could belong to a more high-risk group for more severe complications of this viral infection. This would include significant immobility, multiple disabilities, ongoing respiratory conditions, poor nutrition, and complex medical status / medical fragility.
You should continue to take your spasticity medications and other medicines as prescribed. If you need refills and cannot be seen due to our COVID-19 policies, contact the office.
Careful discussion with your physicians about each individual case is the best advice that we can give. Contact your primary care provider if you or your child has symptoms of COVID-19 infection or has been exposed to someone known to have it. Be sure to call ahead before going to any doctor’s offices. Be on the lookout for breathing problems especially and have a thermometer so you can check your child’s temperature. As always, if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, dial 911. Shortness of breath is an emergency situation. You need to call 911 to get help. Let the responder know that you are concerned about COVID-19 so appropriate precautions can be taken when the EMS comes to help.
You or your child should stay home except for essential activities such as getting food, medications and health care visits. Try to limit the number of trips out of the home per week, such as grocery shopping, to once weekly. Maintain all the recommended practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your local health department.
During this time of utmost caution, we recommend avoiding all non-essential contacts outside the home which would include most therapy visits, equipment visits, and the like. Feel free to reach out with questions about how best to manage at home. We strongly recommend doing a regular home exercise program and following your providers’ advice on brace wear, use of standers or gait trainers, and activity.