Coronavirus Updates for Mitochondrial Medicine
As we navigate this challenging, stressful time together, we want you to know that we are here for you. Mitochondrial Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is ready to continue providing comprehensive, high-quality care to our patients.
We are monitoring the situation closely and adapting our policies as needed to ensure the safety of our patients, families and staff. Please note this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. We will be updating our community regularly with key information.
Many changes have been made in an effort to protect our patients, families and staff; to prioritize the needs of those who may require immediate care; and to support broader public health efforts to reduce opportunities for spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you or your child develops a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, contact your medical provider immediately. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your/your child’s symptoms. They will coordinate safe testing and treatment and get you the care you need.
CHOP is actively working to expand the use of video visits and other telehealth options as an alternative to some in-person visits when clinically safe and appropriate. We will contact you to discuss options for any upcoming appointments but at this time we are planning to continue scheduled Mitochondrial Medicine appointments via video and telehealth options (not in person). If you have questions, please call 267-426-4961.
Urgent care and emergencies
Our four pediatric urgent care locations remain open with regular hours.
Our Emergency Department (ED) is open. Please only visit our ED if your child is experiencing a true emergency.
Elective surgeries/procedures, admissions and outpatient visits
The safety of our patients, families and staff is our top priority. As part of our efforts to reduce the risk of inadvertent exposure to COVID-19, CHOP is working to reschedule elective surgeries/procedures, hospital admissions and outpatient visits that can safely be postponed until a later time. This includes visits to our Main Campus, Primary Care practices, Specialty Care locations and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. At this time, we will be taking these steps for two-week intervals, and will continue to re-evaluate. If we need to cancel or reschedule your upcoming appointment, your provider’s office will contact you directly.
Limited visitation procedures
Limited visitation procedures are in place for all appointments and hospital visits. Only two healthy parents/patient representatives may accompany a child. Siblings are not permitted.
Some clinical areas with high-risk patient populations have additional visitation procedures and policies in place. Please contact the clinical area directly for more information.
We know this is a challenging time and we thank you for your understanding and partnership in keeping our patients, families and staff safe.
- Get the answers to frequently asked questions around COVID-19.
- Physical distancing (also called social distancing) is very important to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but it can be particularly hard for children. Watch this short video for helpful tips to make physical distancing more manageable.
- Read our child life specialists’ tips for talking to children about COVID-19.
- If your child’s healthcare provider has recommended testing, read these tips for preparing your child for drive-thru COVID-19 testing.