At High Desert Pediatrics, our goal is to give your child a high level of pediatric care that is easily accessible. We understand that parents have a lot of questions for pediatricians. Our Albuquerque pediatric doctors are always here to provide thoughtful answers informed by years of pediatric medical experience.
Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: A pediatrician is in the office:
Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (12:30 TO 1:30 p.m. closed for lunch)
We are also here on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Holidays that we are closed on are: New Years, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Q: Does High Desert Pediatrics treat a specific age range?
A: Our Albuquerque pediatricians treat all children from birth to 18 years of age.
Q: Do you perform in-office circumcisions?
A: Yes, our pediatricians can circumcise your newborn at our pediatric care clinic. Contact us for details.
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Q: Do you accept my insurance?
A: We accept most insurance plans and Medicaid plans. If we are not in your network, we can try to establish High Desert Pediatrics with your insurance company.
Q: Will you allow me to follow an alternate immunization for my child or not immunize my child at all?
A: We believe that immunization is absolutely the best way to reduce the risk of serious and sometimes deadly infectious diseases. We fully endorse and recommend following the immunization schedule that has been established by the ACIP (Advisory Committee on the Immunization Practices) and adopted as standard of care by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics). Having said that, we also recognize the concerns that parents may have and that your child’s health and well-being depends on much more than just immunizations. However, we must be absolutely clear that we only endorse the ACIP immunization and catch-up schedules. We are happy to discuss why individual immunizations are important but such discussions should not be considered a recommendation of an alternative immunization schedule. If you wish to immunize with certain vaccines but not others, or not immunize at all, that responsibility is entirely yours. In addition, immunizations may be required by schools, childcare facilities, athletic programs, camp programs, and other organized activities. Unless your child has a recognized and documented medical contraindication to doing immunizations as established by the ACIP, we will not provide medical exemptions.
Q: We missed our appointment! What do we do?
A: High Desert Pediatrics does not have any penalties for missed or cancelled appointments. We are happy to reschedule at a time that is convenient for you, just call our office at 505-255-1866!
Q: I’m having a baby soon, when should I schedule my first appointment?
A: Congratulations! Your newborn baby’s first wellness check should be scheduled within 1-3 days of being discharged from the hospital. Be sure to notify your insurance provider about your baby’s birth before coming in!
Q: I’m worried about my child’s health, can I call for advice?
A: Absolutely. We understand that questions for pediatricians can come at any hour of the day. Our pediatric nurse is available during office hours to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s pediatric health. If you need advice after our office has closed, you can call our answering service at 505-857-3919. Dr. Suga will call you back as soon as possible – usually within a few minutes.
Q: Do you accept walk-ins?
A: We accept walk ins for acutely ill children and children with mild injures. This is for our established patients only. Scheduled patients will be seen first.
Our walk-in hours are: Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm (closed for lunch 12:30-1:30).
Q: When should I call the pediatrician?
A: This is one of the most popular questions for pediatricians. At High Desert Pediatrics, we recommend parents to call us anytime they are worried about their child’s health. By discussing your concerns with our pediatric nurse or one of our pediatricians, we can provide the best medical advice.
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