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What are my options if there is no pediatric hospital near where I live?

If you live in a rural area where the best hospital to treat your child is eight miles away, you may have few choices nearby. But now some local hospitals are using telemedicine to consult with pediatric specialists at large city hospitals via phone and video connections. Physicians call a toll-free number and are connected with a specialist in pediatric emergency care within minutes. And many children’s hospitals are opening off-site pediatric emergency rooms in community hospitals, because parents are asking for those specialized services closer to home. Contact the emergency or pediatric department at your local hospital to see if they provide any of these services.

From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

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