After Hours Information
If this is a medical emergency call 911
If your question is about ingestion of a poison, drug, medication, coin, flower or berries call poison control at 1-800-222-1222
If your child has swallowed a battery call the battery ingestion hotline at 800-498-8666
What should I do before I call?
Unless it is an emergency, please read through this information for advice. If it is a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately. There is a search bar on the "frequently asked questions" page that you can enter your question into and get information before calling. Often, patients have found that they have enough information to get them through the night and they will call the office in the morning. If you still need to call after reviewing this information, or you cannot find an answer to your question, make sure you take your child's temperature with a thermometer before calling (if he or she has a fever). Your child should be with you at the time of the call. Please, always feel free to call us if you have any further questions or feel nervous/unsure about your child's condition!
What problems should I call about right away?
Call us right away if your child has any of the following symptoms:
Fever over 100.4 rectally in a child under 3 months of age (we will be sending you to the emergency department in this case)
Is dehydrated and seems lethargic (ex. Is hard to wake up or is like a limp rag doll or won't drink anything)
Fever with a stiff neck
Head injury with loss of consciousness and/or vomiting
Severe abdominal pain
What problems can wait until office hours?
Generally, problems which have been going on for several days or weeks can wait until office hours.
When should I expect a return call?
Usually within 30 minutes. If you have not received a call back within one hour please call again. If you call after 11 pm we assume that it is a true medical emergency and will call you back immediately.
Who is on call?
One of the providers or nurses from OakLeaf Pediatrics will be on call. This is a courtesy we offer to current patients of OakLeaf Pediatrics only (Dr. Schlimgen, Dr. Jensen and Nurse Practitioner Nichole Marty). If you are not a patient of ours, you will need to contact your own primary care provider’s office as we cannot answer questions for you.
Where is the on-call provider?
After the early evening, the provider is at home. After 11 pm, the person is most likely asleep. The on-call provider is not at the office and awake like doctors at a hospital.
How do I get a callback?
Leave a message with your child’s name, phone number, and primary care provider’s name. After calling us, please keep your line open, your ringer on and disable caller ID block (if you have it on your phone). If you have a phone which blocks calls from restricted numbers, you will NOT get a call back as the provider is calling from a restricted number, so please ensure that this is disabled.
What can the on-call provider do for me?
Please remember that the on-call provider cannot diagnose your child over the phone. We can give you advice regarding what to do until you can be seen in the office, or we will direct you to urgent care or the emergency department. It is our policy not to call in prescriptions for antibiotics as this is not a sound medical practice and we strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.
Can I call for routine prescription refills from the on-call provider?
No. All refill requests for prescriptions must be called into the office during regular office hours (8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday). There are no exceptions to this policy. You may leave a message on our office answering machine (715) 830-0732 to request a prescription refill and this will be filled on the next business day.
Should I call after hours or before the office opens to get an appointment?
The on-call provider is not able to schedule appointments. If you need an early morning appointment, please call when the office opens at 8 am at (715) 830-0732.