The School, Sports, and Work Permit Physicals Program will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 4, 11, 18, and 25, at Strong Memorial Hospital, and comprehensive physicals will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Advance appointments will not be available; however, same-day registration will open at 5:30 p.m. for each session in the hospital’s main lobby, and the program will accommodate up to 125 patients per evening.
According to officials, the service is aimed at filling the gap for families who don’t have health insurance, or whose insurance has lapsed, as well as those who are unable to schedule required check-ups with their own providers in time to meet school deadlines.
“Ideally, parents should schedule their children’s annual physicals throughout the year, with their own primary care providers to avoid the back-to-school rush,” Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.d., pediatrician-in-chief of Golisano Children’s Hospital and the William H. Eilinger Chair of Pediatrics, stated. “A child’s regular doctor is best suited to provide their annual exams, and taking part in this program is not a substitute for that, but rather an effort aimed at helping busy families meet their school’s deadlines for required check-ups, and to connect back with their regular primary care providers.”
The New York State Education Department requires annual physical exams for new students, those entering pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, and grades 2, 4, 7 and 10.
Physicals are also needed for sports participation, and work permits.
Visit https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/4604/student-physicals-set-for-thursdays-in-august.aspx, or call (585) 275-7203, for additional information regarding the program.