Our Philosophy

We at East End Pediatrics strongly believe in the importance of prevention, continuity of care and evidence-based medicine. Routine check-ups, immunizations, and development and mental health surveillance are essential to that care. To maintain continuity we strongly discourage the use of the emergency room and urgent care centers, and we offer same day emergency and urgent care appointments 365 days a year with continuous on-call availability for treatment, advice and guidance. We care for children from birth to age 23 years.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home

We were awarded the designation of National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home, Level 3, the highest level attainable. This award was given in recognition of our efforts to integrate and coordinate care between specialists, mental health and dental providers, hospitals, emergency rooms and your child’s school.

Therefore, we will request that you help us obtain information from all of these sources when appropriate. Children with chronic conditions will need to be seen on a regular basis to manage their conditions optimally. We consider parents and extended family members as our partners in providing care to your child and will help you with medical, behavioral, educational and mental health issues, as well as offering guidance in parenting.

Please make check-up appointments as much in advance as possible. We have limited availability for check-ups for children over 2 years of age in July and August, so please schedule these visits in the spring. Since check-up appointments and immunizations are often required at the beginning of the school year, it is best to plan ahead. If you would like more than one child seen, please notify us in advance so we may best schedule the visits. 

Late Arrivals to Appointments

We value your time and attempt, as much as possible, to run on schedule. However, it is our policy to see all emergencies in the office whenever possible and not refer patients to the hospital emergency room. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that we will always run on schedule. We will attempt to notify families when a delay is anticipated and offer the option to reschedule. We request that patients arrive on time to their scheduled appointments so that they do not cause us to run behind schedule and inconvenience other patients. Every attempt will be made to fit a patient into our schedule. However, priority will be given to patients who arrive on time for their appointments.

We make every effort to schedule appointments for ill children on the day that you call us. Please call our office ahead of time so that we can minimize the time that you will spend waiting.  With the exception of life threatening emergencies and to minimize inconvenience to your child, please call in advance to alert us to your arrival and make an appointment if possible.  

To keep your children healthy, it is important to bring them in for regular checkups. We recommend that you call 631-324-8030 in advance to schedule the appointment. The list below is our recommended schedule for Well Child Visits.

Check-Ups

At East End Pediatrics we feel it is very important to have routine check ups during which we have an opportunity to review with the parents issues regarding general health, immunizations, nutrition, behavioral problems, school and learning problems and other psycho-social or developmental issues that arise. These appointments are also an appropriate time for us to provide guidance for safety and discipline, and we have found it to be a good opportunity to develop a rapport with the child, to make him or her feel welcome in our office and comfortable with our staff. We feel strongly that complete physicals done by the primary care provider with a parent present are in your child’s best interest.

An annual examination will provide the information necessary for completion of school, sports and camp physical forms. Due to the number of emergency visits to our office in July and August, we have limited openings for routine physical exams during that time, so we strongly encourage you scheule in advance to make appointments for check ups before June 30th for camp and school physicals.

Recommended ages of Preventative Health Examinations:

1 to 2 days after discharge from hospital
1 month
2, 4 and 6 months
9 and 12 months
15, 18, 24 and 30 months
3 years and older, annually

Health forms to be completed by our staff normally require 3 days for completion. The charge is $5.00. We try to accommodate requests to complete forms the same day when asked, for which the charge is an additional $5.00.

Dr. Schonfeld, Dr. Lado, Dr. Perry, or another practitioner chosen by Dr. Schonfeld are available at all times. All calls are answered by our answering service if the office is closed. If you do call about an emergency please state “This is an emergency,” and the answering service will page the doctor. PLEASE: keep the phone free, make sure caller ID has been unblocked and remain at home. If you do not hear from the doctor soon after calling, please check with the answering service to be sure they took down your name and phone number correctly and that your phone is receiving incoming calls.

Most emergencies can be taken care of in our office. In the case of fracture, cuts, seizures, high fevers, etc., call the office; do not go to the emergency room unless your child has been severely injured, is unconscious, or is unable to breathe. If this should occur, always call us first, or have someone else call us so that we can try to meet you at the emergency room. Dr. Schonfeld, Dr. Lado and Dr. Perry have privileges at Southampton Hospital.

The doctors take emergency calls from their homes after hours. Call the main office number, 631-324-8030, and our answering service will page a doctor to call you back. Your message should include your name, your child's name and age and a call back number.  Please save routine questions (mild illness, appointments, prescription refills) for the morning. We encourage you to refer to our website first, when practical, before calling the office.We will accomodate emergent walk-ins for life threatening conditions and severe injuries.  To minimize any inconvenience to your child, please call our office to alert us to the emergency so we can fit your child into the schedule or call in advance to schedule an appointment, if possible.