Primary Care

Primary Care Doctors Make a Difference

Primary Care

A primary care office is a place where doctors and nurses know you and your child’s health.

Our Primary Care Centers are in your neighborhood with expert doctors and nurses who care only for children, from birth to age 21. Adults age 21 and older can be seen only at the South High Primary Care Center.

Checkups. Vision and hearing checks. Shots. We offer the pediatric expertise every child needs to stay healthy.

In addition, the Same-Day Sick, Walk-In Appointment Clinic allows patients who are sick to walk in for an appointment at the Downtown Primary Care Center or the Hilltop Primary Care Center. This clinic is only available to Nationwide Children’s Primary Care Center patients. More information is available in the “Sick Visits” tab below.

To schedule an appointment, call (614) 722-6200.

Sick Visits

When your child is sick, it's comforting to get help from a pediatrician you already know and trust.

The Call a Nurse Line at (614) 722-5751 is also available 24/7 for help with your sick child.

If you need to schedule a sick visit, please call (614) 722-6200.

Same-Day Sick, Walk-In Appointment Clinic

The Same-Day Sick, Walk-In Appointment Clinic allows patients who are sick to walk in for an appointment at the Downtown Primary Care Center at the Livingston Ambulatory Center, 380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, or at the Hilltop Primary Care Center, 2857 W. Broad St. We see patients on a first-come, first-served basis, and on the severity of the illness. No appointment is needed. This clinic is only available to Nationwide Children’s Primary Care Center patients.

Downtown Primary Care Center Same-Day Sick, Walk-In Appointment Hours (No Appointment Needed)
Available Monday through Friday
Morning clinic: (You must arrive by 10 a.m.)
Monday through Friday: 7:45 to 10 a.m.

Afternoon clinic: (You must arrive by 3 p.m.)
Monday through Friday: 12:45 to 3 p.m.

Hilltop Primary Care Center Same-Day Sick, Walk-In Appointment Hours (No Appointment Needed)
(You must arrive by 3 p.m.)
Monday through Friday: 12:45 to 3 p.m.

Primary Care Versus Urgent Care or Emergency

Remember to call your child’s doctor before getting care in an emergency department or urgent care center unless your child’s doctor is unavailable or your child is experiencing a medical emergency. Primary care with your child’s doctor will always be the least expensive option, and they will know your child best.

When you have a question about if you should go to Urgent Care, the Call a Nurse Line can help you decide which option is best. Call (614) 722-5751. The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Well Visits

It’s just as important to get regular checkups when your child feels well in addition to when they are sick. We call these checkups well visits.

Well visits may include physical exams, general development checks, shots and more depending on your child’s age.

When your child goes to his or her well visits, the doctor follows your child’s health closely. Any slight changes or problems can be looked at and talked about early. This relationship makes many conditions easier to treat.

To schedule your child’s next well visit, call (614) 722-6200.

Recommended Well Care Visits

From the American Academy of Pediatrics Bright FuturesTM

Infancy

Newborn
3-5 Days
1 Month
2 Months
4 Months
6 Months
9 Months

Early Childhood

12 Months
15 Months
18 Months
24 Months
30 Months
3 Years
4 Years

Middle Childhood

5 Years
6 Years
7 Years
8 Years
9 Years
10 Years

Adolescence

11 Years
12 Years
13 Years
14 Years
15 Years
16 Years
17 Years
18 Years
19 Years
20 Years
21 Years

 

 

When To Call a Nurse

When you’re concerned about your child’s cough or the rash that appeared, talking to an expert can give you peace of mind. Our highly trained pediatric registered nurses (RNs) can help anytime.

Nationwide Children’s Primary Care Center patients can call (614) 722-5751 24 hours a day, seven days a week to talk to a nurse.

Call a Nurse if:

  • Your child is ill or injured
  • You are considering taking your child to urgent care or the emergency department
  • You have questions about your child’s health
  • You need assistance when the Primary Care Center is closed

Primary Care Locations

With locations across Columbus and neighboring suburbs, our primary care locations are just a bus ride or quick drive away.

Resources

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The Importance of Having a Relationship With Your Child's Pediatrician

Find out why seeing a pediatric primary care provider (PCP) - a physician or nurse practitioner who knows your child best - is crucial to your child’s health. 

What to Expect at Your Child's Well-Child Appointment

Kids grow up so quickly and because your child is growing at a fast pace, it’s important to keep an eye on their wellness each year. By scheduling a yearly well-child check, you’re ensuring your child’s health is assessed by a pediatrician you can trust.

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Helping Hands

Access our patient education library and view dozens of articles created by our experts.

CAP4Kids

The Children’s Advocacy Project for Kids (CAP4Kids) offers information on everything from after-school programs and housing to mental health resources and services for kids with special needs.

Well Baby Visits: Newborn

Congratulations on your new baby! Having a child is a large responsibility and can be a lot of work. At times it can seem overwhelming. As you are recovering from delivery, make sure you have enough support at home. Remember, in order to take care of a baby you need to take care of yourself.

Well Baby Visit: One Month

Your baby is now 1 month old! The purpose of your visit today is to check your baby’s weight and general health. We also want to make sure you have enough support and are not too overwhelmed. Many parents feel this age is more difficult than newborn.

Well Baby Visits: Two Months

Welcome to the 2-month visit! Your baby has grown so much in the first 2 months of life. He or she is starting to interact more with the world around him and develop his personality. The big event at this visit is your baby’s first round of vaccines. 

Well Baby Visits: Four Months

Your baby is now 4 months old! This can be a very rewarding time for caregivers, as baby is becoming more interactive by the day and learning to respond to social cues. You may notice your baby trying out new sounds. Some babies may start rolling over.

Well Baby Visits: Six Months

Your baby is now 6 months old! Babies at this age start to move around a lot more (roll, sit, try to crawl), so now is a good time to childproof your home. Many babies will start to settle into a more regular sleep pattern. 

Well Baby Visit: Nine Months

Welcome to the 9 month visit! So much is happening with your baby right now. The brain is developing new connections, and language skills are blossoming. He or she is moving around everywhere – crawling and trying to pull up to standing – maybe even trying to walk.

Well Baby Visits: Twelve Months (One Year)

Happy Birthday to your baby! So much has happened in the past year and your baby is becoming a toddler. We will be making sure your baby is healthy and growing well.

Well Child Visit: Eighteen Months

Your child is one and a half years old! Your child is learning to become more independent, and will want to do things on his or her own.

Payment

No child will be denied care due to inability to pay for services.

We accept most insurance plans, including Medicaid. For all other patients, Nationwide Children’s has financial assistance programs for those who qualify.

For more information, contact Financial Services at (614) 722-2070 or access Financial Services.

Primary Care Network Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Primary Care Network has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced.

Nationwide Children’s achieved Level 3 standards, the highest level of achievement issued by the NCQA. Nationwide Children’s is one of the largest hospital-owned primary care networks in any children’s hospital. Nationwide Children’s is focused on quality patient care and are following best practice standards within a national model of care.