Appointments and Rescheduling
As of May 1, outpatient visits at Cincinnati Children's have reopened. Keep in mind that each division throughout the hospital has a separate process as to how patients will be contacted and scheduled. We appreciate your continued support during this time.
Spina Bifida Clinic is open for outpatient visits as well as virtually through Telehealth appointments if appropriate. For appointments that were cancelled due to coronavirus closures, our nurse coordinators and schedulers will be reaching out to you to offer an appointment as testing and clinic openings are available. We are here for you as a team; offering extended clinic hours to fill the need of our patients and families.
What to Expect During Clinic Visits
- We are staggering appointments every 30 minutes to decrease opportunity for crowds at registration.
- Once registration has been completed, a member from our team will take you directly to a room and complete intake and vitals once inside.
- Providers and clinic staff are rotating office days and working from home to maintain appropriate social distancing within our clinical area as recommended by Governor DeWine and leadership at Cincinnati Children's.
Please know that we remain available to you.
- Call the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP) at 513-636-4611.
- Call our nurse coordinators directly at 513-636-8059 or 513-636-4649.
- Ask non-urgent questions via MyChart allowing 24-48 hours for a response.
- Call our clinic social worker at 513-636-3208.
Specific Information for Patients with Spina Bifida
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.
Continue your daily self-care, including catheterization, bowel regimen and daily skin checks to prevent illness and limit the need for appointments. You should continue to take your medications as prescribed. If you need refills of medication or supplies and cannot be seen due to coronavirus precautions, please contact the office for assistance.
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 coronavirus infection or has been exposed to someone known to have it. Be sure to call ahead before going to any doctor’s offices for evaluation of symptoms. Be on the lookout for breathing problems and have a thermometer on hand 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 the possibility of coronavirus symptoms so appropriate precautions can be taken when EMS arrive.
We recommend keeping a consistent home routine that includes a balanced diet, skin checks, exercise, rest, and following your provider’s recommendation for brace wear, use of standers or gait trainers. We recommend limiting activities away from home to those that are essential such as grocery shopping, obtaining medications and health care visits. Maintain recommended practices of social distancing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and adhere to all guidance from your local and state health department.