Let us paint a scene we all know well: Your child is quite sick; they have a fever, a cough that won’t go away, or something else that worries you. Your instinct says something isn’t right, and you want the best care and advice as soon as possible so they don’t deteriorate.
You call your GP, and the next appointment isn’t for two weeks. You call the walk-in medical centre a few suburbs over, and they are at capacity. Your child might be known to a specialist Paediatrician, but their next appointment is four months away.
What do you do?
Usually, we give it another 12 hours, and if your precious one doesn’t improve, we end up in the Emergency Department. It feels drastic, and spending hours in a waiting room of sick people is the worst place to be with a child. But we are left with no other choice.
Because two Paediatric Emergency Specialists, Dr Scott Schofield and Dr Nicole Bertram, have decided enough is enough and launched Snap Paediatrics. Offering a completely fresh approach to kids’ healthcare, Snap Paediatrics promises to deliver ‘the urgency without the emergency’. And instantly, the whole Sunny Coast parenting community breathes a sigh of relief.
What is Snap Paediatrics?
“We created Snap Paediatrics to provide families with the care your child needs, when they need it most, without the long wait times of private practices or the added stress of an Emergency Department,” says Scott.
“If your child is acutely unwell, you can book a short-notice appointment and be seen the same or the next clinic day by one of our specialist Paediatricians. If your child doesn’t require same-day care, but you want to ensure their condition doesn’t worsen, we have appointments available within a fortnight,” adds Nicole.
Scott and Nicole bring decades of expertise in paediatric care together in this new venture. Scott is an experienced and compassionate Paediatric Emergency Medicine specialist, and he has trained and practised in multiple cities across Australia and overseas, contributing to his matured clinical practice. Nicole is a dual-trained physician specialising in General Paediatrics and Paediatric Emergency Medicine. She developed an interest in Medicine during high school and always wanted to pursue a career working with children, and Paediatrics was the perfect fit.
“As specialist Emergency Paediatricians, we have the best knowledge, training and experience to assess and manage your child’s urgent health needs. We provide prompt and accessible assessment and management for non-critical injuries and illnesses. We will listen to and understand the concerns of each child and family and offer our knowledge and experience to guide a patient-focused discussion and plan for care,” says Scott.
“If it is not an emergency, but you are unsure if your child is suitable to be seen at Snap, just call our reception staff,” says Nicole.
As we head into winter, a service like this could not come at a better time—freeing up essential space in the Emergency Department and providing urgent care and specialist consults for our kids that we desperately need. Yes, you can even book online.
Snap Paediatrics focuses on urgent concerns, such as:
- Fevers and infections
- Coughs, sore throat & ear pain
- Respiratory illness
- Abdominal pain
- Minor injuries
- Baby and Infant issues
It, therefore, does not treat:
- Conditions best treated in the Emergency Department
- Chronic conditions better managed with continuous care
- Developmental assessment and management
- Behavioural concerns and management (including writing prescriptions for ADHD/behavioural medications)
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