To help with your family’s busy schedule, we have extended hours seeing patients as early as 7:30 am on Monday and as late as 6:30 pm on Tuesday, in addition to our 8:00 am to 5:00 pm schedule Wednesday through Friday. We also see patients on Saturdays from 8:30 am to noon. We can accommodate same day appointments when your child is sick and same day well visits on a limited basis.
To schedule an appointment, please call the office during office hours at 513.398.3900.
For current patients, to schedule a Well Visit, you can call the office, or request an appointment online through our Online Patient Portal by clicking here.
New patients must always call the office during office hours at 513.398.3900.
New Patient Appointments
Expectant parents are encouraged to call to schedule a “Meet the Doctors” appointment prior to your child being born. We want you to have the peace of mind that familiarity provides during this busy and exciting time. It’s one less thing you have to worry about once your baby is delivered. These appointments are usually scheduled at the end of the business day on Tuesdays and Fridays. Parents with new patients who are not newborns are also encouraged to schedule a “Meet the Doctor” appointment.
For the forms you need as a new patient at Muddy Creek Pediatrics, and for additional information, please click here.
First Newborn Well Care Appointment
Our first recommended visit for all newborns is one to two days after leaving the hospital, depending upon the child’s condition at discharge. Ideally, both parents should attend your first and other early visits to see us at Muddy Creek Pediatrics. These appointments give you and Dr. Habel or Dr. O’Malley a chance to get to know each other and exchange questions and answers. Don’t restrict yourself to medical questions; we are also experts on general child care issues and a valuable resource if you’re looking for child care help, parent support groups, or other outside assistance. Remember, we are your partners in health for the duration of your baby’s childhood and our relationship is important.
Click here for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Sick Child Appointments
We encourage you to call the office during normal business hours to discuss your child’s illness with one of our nurses. Same day appointments are available and may be scheduled by our nursing staff at the time of your call. Please do not call the on-call doctor after hours to make appointments as after hours calls should be for urgent or emergent matters only.
We follow the AAP guidelines for preventive checkups. In the first year of life, babies are seen for preventive well care at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 and 12 months of age. In the second year of life, they are seen at 15, 18, and 24 months. We see children again at 2 ½ years of age, and then yearly beginning at age 3.
Other Wellness Checks
Well check ups are done yearly starting at age 3, and any other appointments your child needs, such as a medication check, weight check, or a specific problem or illness, will be scheduled by our office staff, just give us a call!
You may call the office and speak with a nurse, or have your pharmacy contact us by phone or fax. Please note that it can take as long as 48 hours to renew a prescription, and some medications require a written Rx that must be picked up and signed for in the office. Some medications may also need pre-authorization with your insurance carrier and can also delay getting a prescription to you or your pharmacy.
The questions or concerns of our parents and caregivers can often be answered without the need for an appointment. Our registered nursing staff are available to answer any questions you have about the health and well being of your child and we welcome the opportunity to assist you. Please call the office and ask to speak to one of our nurses and keep in mind phone calls are generally heavy when the office opens in the morning so waiting until after 10:00 am for non-urgent calls is often best.
Unfortunately, kids get sick at all hours of the day and night, not just between 8:30 am and 5 pm. One of our doctors is “on call” after hours at all times. If you have a non-urgent problem please wait until regular business hours to call. If your child has a problem that cannot wait, you may call the office (513.398.3900) to contact the doctor on call. When leaving a message for the doctor, please speak slowly and clearly. PLEASE SAY YOUR PHONE NUMBER AT THE BEGINNING AND AT THE END OF YOUR MESSAGE, and make sure to leave your child’s name as well as your name. One of our providers will return your call within an hour of leaving your message.
Sports Participation Forms
You do not need to schedule an appointment for sports participation forms if your child has had a routine well visit in the last year. Simply call us to make arrangements for completion of the form. If your child has not had a well visit within the last 12 months we will schedule an appointment so we can see and evaluate your child, and provide a full physical, before completing the form. Please call the office for assistance with physical forms if your child needs an appointment. You must remember to please complete the entire front page of the sports physical form and bring it to the office for your appointment or prior to sending it into the office. (2012-13 Ohio HS Athletic Physical Form.) We cannot complete our portion of the sports physical form if the parental section is not completed prior to your appointment.