The physicians, nurses, staff, and laboratory technicians of Pediatrics of Arlington are committed to providing you with the finest pediatric healthcare available. We provide the following services:
- Newborn care at Virginia Hospital Center
- Well child care from birth through college
- Sick care and same day appointments
- NEW: Walk-in hours 7:00am-8:30am for acute illness (such as sore throat, pink eye, or ear pain)
- 24/7 a week physician phone coverage
- On-site laboratory testing
- School and sports physicals
- Developmental screenings
- Counseling and education on behavior, safety, nutrition, and other topics
- Care for children with special health needs
- Care for internationally adopted children
- Free prenatal visits
- Flu vaccine clinics
- On-site Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Your child’s well visits focus on age-appropriate health, nutrition, safety, developmental issues, and immunizations.
Our usual schedule for well child examinations is:
- 1-2 days after nursery discharge
- 2 weeks
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
- 30 months
- yearly from 3-18 years of age
Our telephone triage nurse is available beginning at 8:00 am (Monday – Saturday) to answer questions and to make appointments for sick visits.
If you would like to speak with one of the physicians, please leave a message with the nurse or the receptionist and the doctor will call you back.
Please call as early in the day as possible if you need to set up a same-day appointment. When possible, call after 10:00 am if you need medical advice or do not need to make an appointment for the current day. You also have the option to leave a recorded message about non-urgent matters that will be returned the same business day. (Please press #5 after listening to the phone message). Please do not walk in without an appointment (except during walk-in hours from 7:00am-8:30am).
MORNING WALK-IN HOURS (MONDAY-FRIDAY)
We have walk-in hours from 7:00am to 8:30am for acute illness only (such as sore throat, pink eye, or ear pain). You do not need to make appointments to be seen during this time period. Walk-in hours are for established patients only. These visits should be for illness that have developed over the preceding 24 hours. If your child has a more complicated or longer illness, please schedule a sick appointment so that we can allocate sufficient time to diagnose and treat your child.
Please note that we will NOT have walk-in hours on the first Tuesday of each month.
We do not have walk-in hours on Saturday mornings. Please call to make an appointment for a Saturday visit. We start scheduling patients at 8:30am.
We also provide same-day sick appointments during regular office hours and late hours.
If you are dealing with a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 for an ambulance or go directly to the closest emergency room. The emergency room physician will communicate with us so that we can coordinate your child’s care.
If your child has ingested a hazardous, poisonous, or unusual substance, call the poison control center at (800) 222-1222 immediately.
For urgent medical issues and questions when the office is closed, one of our physicians is available by telephone. Our on-call physician can be reached by calling our office at (703) 522-7300 or our answering service at (703) 558-0886. Please leave your child’s name and age, a contact phone number, a pharmacy number if needed, and a description of the medical issue with the answering service. The on-call physician will call you back.
For urgent medical issues and questions between 10 pm and 8 am, the answering service will initially connect you to a pediatric telephone nursing service. Please note that this after-hours nursing service is not covered by most insurance plans. There will be a charge of 25 dollars to cover the telephone nursing service.
Pediatrics of Arlington has a laboratory technician located in the office so that your child’s laboratory testing can be done at the time of your visit. Virginia Hospital Center’s outpatient laboratory is also conveniently located around the corner from our office.
Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Testing
Rapid COVID-19 antigen testing made by Quidel and run on Sofia-2 machine is available to patients who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 test result or to patients with COVID-19 symptoms. The test is performed after doing a telemedicine visit with one of our providers to ensure it is done at the right time. Testing too early after exposure can increase the risk of a false negative result. We are doing testing at a specific time of the day in order to limit the exposure of our staff. The specimen is collected in your car, and you will get your results back by the end of business day. Charges will be submitted to your insurance carrier. However, you are responsible for any charges not covered by your insurance.
SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR Test
SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR Test is a real-time test intended for qualitative detection of nucleic acid that detects ultra-low levels of viral RN that can exist in the system for days or weeks after being contagious. The specimen is collected in your car (a specimen handling of $25 will be charged to cover PPE and laboratory supplies) and sent out to Quest Laboratory. Your RT-PCR test result may range from 3-5 days, up to 10 days.
Dr. Caroline Ba is a pediatric neuropsychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, etc.) and acquired difficulties with attention, learning, and executive functioning (e.g., concussion, pre-term birth, epilepsy, etc.). Please call 202-643-6463 to set up an appointment with Dr. Ba.