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Symptoms

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Performance Pediatrics

This page is dedicated to helping you choose the best treatment option when your child is sick.

There is an old joke in healthcare about getting the patient into the doctor as soon as possible in case they get well before the doctor can get paid. At Performance Pediatrics, we know that not all symptoms have to be treated right away.

When your child needs medical help, you have options:

  • Handle the problem yourself at home. Utilize our website as well as our helpful links page to educate yourself on how to treat common pediatric aliments at home.
  • Call your insurance provider’s 24/7 nurse line. Many insurance plans have 24/7 nurse lines that members can access to speak with a qualified healthcare provider. Call the number on the back of your insurance card to access your plan's nurse line.
  • Call us at 508-747-8277. If you're unsure of the level of medical care your child needs, during normal business hours we can help you decide.
  • Visit an urgent care center. Urgent-care clinics, like the ones offered by pharmacy chains, are a good option when you desire walk-in care.
  • Visit a hospital emergency room. Use this guide to determine if symptoms warrant a trip to the ER.
  • Call 911 for an ambulance. For life-threatening situations, dial 911.


Emergency Rooms are for Emergencies ONLY

When you choose to utilize our community’s emergency rooms for anything other than a true medical emergency, you hurt us all. According to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, a trip to the emergency room to treat common pediatric ailments like fever, ear pain and cold symptoms costs four to five times more to treat in the ER than a primary care office like Performance Pediatrics.

If you need advice about your sick child or an appointment, please call the office at 508-747-8277.

Hours
Administrative personnel are available to answer your calls weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm. When we are on the phone, all calls go directly to a voice mail system. This system is checked every 15 minutes during regular administrative hours.

Urgent Care by Appointment Only/No Walk Ins
Performance Pediatrics is open by appointment only and cannot accommodate walk-in patients. We leave an adequate number of appointment slots each day to accommodate urgent-care needs. Our policy is to see patients with urgent-care needs the same day they call provided they call at least 2 hours before we close. When one of our providers speaks with a parent or patient it is determined through triage how soon a patient needs to be seen.

After-hours Calls
For established patients, Dr. McAllister or a trusted colleague is available by telephone when our office is closed at 508-747-8277. Please use this service with respect. It is available for families with urgent and/or semi-urgent questions and concerns only.