Appointments and Rescheduling
With improving community infection trends, our multidisciplinary cerebral palsy (CP) clinics have resumed fully in-person visits (with physician, social worker, OT, PT, nurse and dietitian present). We continue to remain vigilant with masking, hand hygiene and symptom monitoring.
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).
In case you or your child develops signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and you have an upcoming CP clinic appointment, call our office ahead of time to discuss options for arranging follow-up. Please do not attend your visit if you or your child has active symptoms at that time. If your visit is for an essential procedure (such as baclofen pump refill), call our office to discuss options. If no essential procedure is planned for your visit, potential options for scheduling include either:
- Rescheduling your in-person visit at a later date when symptoms have resolved and adequate time for quarantine has been completed.
- Converting your current follow-up appointment to a telehealth type of visit. Please note that this may only be applicable only in some circumstances.
For the safety of our patients, families and employees, all patients seen in our clinics continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the registration desk.
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 pandemic restriction or other policies or preferences, contact the office. 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.
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.
COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults and include:
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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.
During this time, we recommend continued practice of these precautions:
- Masking in the hospital and in crowded indoor places.
- Using soap and water, lather for 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday”) before rinsing.
- Using hand sanitizer, be sure to rub it in well, and that it has at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoiding places where there's illness.
- Staying away from people who have, or may have, COVID-19.
- Getting the vaccine and booster if you are eligible. Any person aged 5 and up is eligible to get a vaccine.
Cincinnati Children’s vaccine clinic will end week of May 23, 2022. If you schedule a 1st dose with us, you will need to get your 2nd dose at another location. When a COVID vaccine becomes available for children under age 5, we will share more information about our plan to provide access to the new vaccine for families with young children.