If you are a new patient, please come in 45 minutes earlier, before your scheduled appointment time to complete registration. If you completed the registration paperwork, then 30 minutes prior is needed to enter history, medications, allergies in usual fashion.
Treatment of Minors
We understand that work and other life circumstances may occasionally prevent a parent from coming to an appointment with a child who is under the age of eighteen. We work hard to balance patient needs and our medical responsibility in order to ensure the optimal and collaborative health care of our patients who are becoming young adults.
Patients under sixteen years old MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian when being seen for ill visits. If the parent is present in the building, they may choose to step out of the room at the request of the child. That is always a parent’s prerogative.
Children Under 0-16 Years
If a parent/guardian is absolutely unable to accompany the child, then another authorized and responsible adult must accompany them. The parent/guardian must complete and send in a Permission to Accompany a Minor Form with the full name of the responsible party for either a well child care or illness visit. We will need to see an ID from the accompanying individual. Furthermore, the parent must also agree to be contacted by phone during the exam by the provider . If permission from a parent cannot be obtained, the child cannot be seen, unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
Exceptions to this include visits regarding birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse, or physical or sexual abuse; when a minor may legally seek confidential treatment or consultation on their own.
It is the policy of Arizona Family and Geriatric Medicine that all patients under sixteen years old MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian when being seen for well visits
Children 16-18 Years
Patients between 16-18 years may be seen without a parent for a well child or illness visit. However, the parent/guardian must complete a Permission to Treat Form. Additionally, the parent must also agree to be contacted by phone during the exam by the provider. If permission from a parent cannot be obtained, the child cannot be seen, unless it is a life-threatening emergency.