FAQs

Can I get same day appointments?

We do our best to see sick children the same day. Physicals need to be scheduled in advance so that we can give your child enough time with the provider. Please call to schedule physicals several weeks ahead of time.
Keep in mind that most insurance plans allow only 1 “wellness” exam per year

Can I talk to a doctor after the office is closed?

There is a physician available 24 hours a day. Afterhours, 5PM-8AM there is a physician available via our telephone answering service. Simply call the main office number to reach the answering service. You may also choose to speak with the after-hours nurse triage line available through the Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Can I talk to a nurse during the day if I have a question about my child?

We have a nurse-triage line available during our regular business hours that can assist you with any questions you may have.

Can I visit the office and meet with the pediatrician before my baby is born?

Yes, we encourage new parents-to-be to visit with the pediatrician of their choice. Call our main number to make an appointment. At this visit we will answer any questions that you may have.

Do you have weekend hours?

We offer an urgent-care/walk-in Saturday clinic. These hours are reserved for sick visits only. The hours are 8:30AM-12PM. This clinic is available at our Wheat Ridge office.

Do you recommend and follow the standard vaccine schedule?

Yes, we do follow the CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommended vaccine schedule. As healthcare providers for children and young adults we believe in protecting our patients from these preventable diseases. Here are a few helpful links:

Do you take my insurance?

We take many insurance plans! It is always a good idea, however, to check with your individual insurance carrier to see if Pediatrics West is listed under their plan. You may also call our Business Office at 720-284-3717 to verify that we are part of your plan.

How many providers do you have?

We have 6 board-certified pediatricians, 4 certified pediatric nurse practitioners, and 2 certified physician assistants. Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are board certified and are able to diagnose, treat, write prescriptions, and provide education on pediatric care.

How often should my child see the pediatrician?

We recommend the following schedule:

  • Newborn, 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months
  • Yearly visits from age 2 years through 18 years

If my child needs to be hospitalized will my pediatrician take care of us in the hospital?

In the event that your child does need to be hospitalized, we are associated with The Children’s Hospital Colorado, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, and Swedish Medical Center. Each of these pediatric facilities has a hospitalist group that will take care of your child while in the hospital. Our electronic medical records system lets us closely monitor the care your child receives during hospitalization, allowing for seamless and timely follow-up.

If my child needs to see a specialist where would your office refer to?

Most often we refer to pediatric specialists affiliated with Children’s Hospital Colorado and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. We have a referral specialist, Danielle, that works with you and your physician. She may be reached at 720.284.3720.

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What developmental screening tools do you have?

We ask families to complete a developmental questionnaire, called the ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire), each well baby/child visit from age 6 months to 5 years. This questionnaire is in addition to the child’s physical exam and discussion of how your child is meeting developmental milestones. We also use a Healthy Lifestyle questionnaire to facilitate discussions regarding nutrition and physical activity.

Will I see the pediatrician or the nurse practitioner/physician assistant?

Our office currently has 6 physicians and 6 mid-level providers (a mid-level provider is either a nurse practitioner or physician assistant). Each physician works with 1 or 2 mid-level providers. We encourage each family to have continuity of care with one physician-mid level pair/trio. The collaboration between physician and allows our practice to dedicate more time at each visit with your child. Our schedulers will work with you to ensure your child is seen by the provider of your choice, be that the physician or the mid-level.

Your office has two locations; can I be seen at both?

Yes, you may be seen at either location, whichever is most convenient for your family. We use an electronic medical record that facilitates your ability to be seen at either office.