You read that right. Dr. Bassett ("Dr. B") is available by phone for established patients, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That's the kind of doctor Dr. B signed up to be since establishing Lake Oconee Pediatrics with his wife, Dr. Julie, way on back in '06.
And since founding Lake Oconee Pediatrics, our practice has grown to serve over 1500 regular pediatric patients. We see about 100 patients a week, and take care of many visitors to the Lake Oconee area as well.
Our offices are located at 1011 Parkside Commons, near Publix and Parkside Main Theatres. We're right across the street from the steps in front of the theatre.
This website will keep you up to date with office news, events and policies. You can also follow us at our Facebook page, or call the front desk for more information: (706) 454-1210. Please call us or contact us if you have any questions, and thanks for visiting!
We offer complete outpatient pediatric care from birth to 18 years of age, 24-hour call service for established patients and even after-hours office visits or a house-call if the problem calls for it! We are your local pediatric specialists and can handle all common childhood medical needs.
Regular office hours are Monday to Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, and Friday from 8:30 to noon. We try to take lunch from noon to 1:00pm. To schedule an appointment, call our regular office number. For well child visits, a parent or the child's main guardian must be present.
We don't want you to wait! Same-day appointments are available for patients requiring urgent attention. Sick patients are given preferential treatment when appointments are scheduled, and we will do whatever it takes to get an ill child seen as soon as possible.
Walk-ins are accepted, however we strongly recommend calling first to make an appointment! Unless very urgent, walk-ins will be asked to wait while pre-scheduled patients are seen. This ensures that everyone is seen in a timely manner.
Established patients are welcome to call us after hours, 24 hours a day for immediate medical advice by calling our regular office number: (706) 454-1210. After regular office hours, a recording will give you instructions on how to leave a message, or how to get in touch with Dr. B immediately for more urgent matters. Please keep in mind that the after-hours phone service is for established patients of Dr. B only! If you live locally and have never seen Dr. B, you will be directed to contact your local regular provider for medical advice.
Families visiting the Lake Oconee area from out of town who do not have a local physician may contact Dr. B after hours for advice on where to be seen, and may be seen by our office on a case-by-case basis.
We are dedicated to the care of our community's children, night and day. However, we request that the after hours service be used only for urgent problems that cannot wait until the morning. If you have a routine medical question (e.g. diaper rashes, common colds, bug bites, etc) or a question about appointments or billing, please call during regular office hours. Emergencies (i.e. potential loss of life, limb, or eyesight) should also not call the after hours service, but rather first call 911.
We understand that sometimes your schedule may be unpredictable, especially where a child's involved! We do request that cancellations be made at least an hour in advance so that we can offer your appointment to another family.
Patients who arrive late may be asked to wait depending on how busy the office is. Late arrivals for well checks or physicals (i.e. non-urgent visits) may be asked to reschedule for another date.
"No-showing", or skipping an appointment without cancelling, is strongly discouraged! Please call to cancel your appointment in advance. No-showing wastes appointments that could be used by other patients. Repeated no-showing is inconsiderate not only to our staff but also to other families in our community. To discourage this, anyone who no-shows an appointment may incur a charge equal to their copay or $25, whichever is higher. Repeated no-showing may result in discharge from our practice.
Dr. B is a Courtesy Staff member at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro. Most labs and x-rays we order are performed at this location, and they do a very good job for us! We can, however, order studies at any hospital you desire.
If Dr. B needs to send your child to an emergency department, we usually prefer to use St. Mary's as it's so close to our office. Of course, we'll keep in touch with them to make sure things go smoothly for you.
Due to our rural setting and the limited pediatric services available at local hospitals, Dr. B does not admit patients locally. So if you child is ill enough to require hospitalization, we usually recommend transfer to a larger facility in Athens, Atlanta, Macon or Augusta with more expanded services for pediatric patients. And again, we do communicate with the attending physicians to help get you the best care available.