IMPORTANT! Dr Voakes is Now at Fairview Community Health Center
Starting Jan 1, Dr Voakes has started working at the Fairview Community Health Center at 615 Seventh Ave, just a block away from the old office. The first time you come to Fairview, you will have to register as a Fairview Center patient, which takes a half hour, so come early and bring all your insurance info. Your child's medical records can be brought to Fairview if you will request them before your visit (just call Fairview to request that the records be transferred).
Fairview Community Health Center is an independent non-profit clinic. We are not associated with the Barren River Health Department. We have 3 board-certified pediatricians, and 3 nurse practitioners who practice pediatrics.
You can pre-register at Fairview on the phone at any time (M-F, 8-5). Call 783-3573, ext 1560, which is the call center. Allow 15-30 minutes, as this will take some time. Please be patient, as there are many patients doing this at the same time. You may have to leave a message, and the call center will call you back.
If your child is sick or needs to be seen urgently, you can call straight to the triage nurse, at 783-3573, ext 1018. She will be able to tell you what to do right away, and can get you an appointment to see Dr Voakes the same day. But please note, that you will have to register first before you can call the triage nurse. (This is just if you have not already registered previously.)
For routine appointments, call 783-3573, ext 1560 and ask for an appointment for Dr Voakes. For refills on ADHD medications, call 783-3573, ext 1022 or 1024, and leave your child's name, date-of-birth, medication, dose, and which pharmacy. For other refills, written prescriptions are not needed, so you can just ask the pharmacist to request a refill electronically.
For after-hours, call the same number, 783-3573, and leave a message. If you don't get a return call at any time you call the Center, just call again. Sometimes the system gets overloaded and we lose your message. All after-hours calls must go through the Fairview Center, as I will not be taking call on my cell phone any more.
New Bowling Green Magazine Focuses on Parents and Kids
October 2010 marks the first issue of BG Parent, a locally published magazine similar to SOKY Happenings but geared toward parents and kids. Pick up a free copy at my office. A new issue will come out quarterly. [bgparent.com]
Your Family History Matters! Know it. Log it. Share it.
Many health problems are hereditary, so it's important to know what health problems your relatives have had. Many families are starting to keep a medical log, with all the medical problems listed, including the medical terms, so that this information will be more useful to your doctors. Make copies to bring to your doctor.
New Web Site for Parents
The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) has just launched a web site with information for parents about all stages of childhood. The information is generally very good, though a bit soft on nutrition, since it is "old school" on sugar (see Health-byte on fructose). The AAP web site is www.healthychildren.org.
Mended Little Hearts
Support Group for Children with Heart Surgery
A new chapter of MLH has just opened in Bowling Green, headed up by Lara Barnhouse.
In 1951 the non-profit support group, Mended Hearts, formed. Since their formation they have been providing hope and support to heart patients and their families. In 2004 they wanted to do something for the “littlest heart patient of all”, so they formed Mended Little Hearts. There are now approximately 50 Mended Little Hearts chapters nation wide and we are continuously growing.
Mended Little Hearts gives hope and support to children, families, and caregivers impacted by congenital heart defects in order to improve and extend quality of life. We hope to raise awareness and educate about CHD and the great need for research. We also want to be there for other people who are finding out that their child or relative has a heart problem and let them know they aren't alone as they go through this journey.
If you or anyone you know has been affected or touched by someone with a congenital heart defect and you would like to learn more about our group please contact Lara Barnhouse – Group Coordinator at (270)392-4839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Venica Pollard – Co-Coordinator at (270)303-0377 or email email@example.com.
HPV Vaccine Approved for Boys
New recommendations for HPV vaccine (summer 2010) now include the use for boys. This has the benefit of possibly preventing cervical cancer in a future spouse, and also prevents venereal warts which can be painful. The vaccine also greatly reduces the chance of getting cancer of the penis. Both boys and girls can get the vaccine anytime after age 9, but we usually start around the 6th grade check-up.
Center for Courageous Kids
Camp for Children with Chronic Diseases
We are very fortunate to have the Center for Courageous Kids in the neighboring town of Scottsville. They can accommodate 128 children each week for 5-day sessions, all year long. They accept children with many different conditions, including asthma, cancer, sickle cell, arthritis, cystic fibrosis, seizures, Crohn's disease, autism, heart disease, and many others. The best news: It's FREE! Second best news: the whole family gets to go for free, too!
More info on their web page: Courageouskids.org
Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait!
New studies show that babies born before 37 weeks gestation are at risk for much more than low birth weight. They also have more risk of SIDS, behavior problems, learning disabilities, and much higher chance of neonatal death! Learn more at: www.prematurityprevention.org.
Food Allergies Present a Special Danger
Certain food allergies, such as peanuts and tree nuts, are far more likely to result in a fatal allergic reaction than other allergies. Special precautions should be taken whenever these children eat away from home, and they should always carry injectable epinephrine with them.