204-2245 Abbott Street, steps from Kelowna General Hospital (next to JoeAnna’s House).
There is parking on-site; both underground and on the side of the building (spots are limited).
There is also 2h street parking and the KGH parking lot is also nearby.
Consultant Pediatricians are specialists who focus on the physical, emotional and social health of infants, children and adolescents. This specialty deals with health promotion and prevention, and the detection and management of physical, behavioral, developmental, mental/emotional, environmental and social problems that affect children.
As a specialist, Dr. Nutter does not offer primary care and she can only assess children who are referred by a GP/family physician, NP or midwife. Dr. Nutter's role is to offer specific advice on specific issues or manage complex pediatric issues. Long-term, primary care is still provided by your GP.
In BC, Medical Services Plan requires specialists have an active referral within the last 6months.
A new referral is required if it has been >6months since your child's initial consultation with Dr. Nutter or if your child develops any new medical, developmental or psychiatric issues.
Dr. Nutter can re-assess any new issues as long as your GP agrees it is necessary & they request a new consultation.
Once your child's referral is received by our office, it will be triaged based on urgency and your child will be added to the waitlist. You will be contacted by our team directly to book an appointment.
Initial appointments are mostly virtual (during the first visit Dr. Nutter will gather information & ask about your child's history, development, social, family history and review relevant results ex. questionnaires, labs, imaging).
Please note: your child must be present for at least part of the visit (applies to both virtual & in-office appointments).
Kindly allow up to a 20-minute appointment window as unexpected delays can occur (even with virtual visits). Dr. Nutter appreciates your patience and understanding.
We require 48h (i.e. 2 full business days) notice for appointment cancellations (notifying us as early as possible is appreciated and allows us to fill the appointment which keeps wait times down / ensures patients are assessed in a timely manner).
Late cancellation and no show fees will apply and must be paid before another appointment is booked.
Before each visit Dr. Nutter requires a recent weight (in kg), height (in cm) and a head circumference measurement (only required for babies, toddlers <2yo):
How to measure your baby/infant
Blood pressure (BP) measurements are required for all ADHD follow-ups. For helpful tips please read:
Parents/caregivers may be asked to fill out specific mental health, ADHD or developmental screening questionnaires.
Dr. Nutter may also request information, with your consent, from other important people ex. your child's teacher.
If specific questionnaires are required these will be sent to you beforehand.
These questionnaires are important as they allow Dr. Nutter to objectively assess and/or monitor your child's progress over time.
All of the forms must be filled out before your child's appointment, otherwise your child's appointment will be postponed until we receive all the required paperwork. We appreciate your consideration and understanding.
Although virtual care is appropriate in some cases, Dr. Nutter is also mindful of its limitations and will ensure patients are also given the opportunity for in-person care (hybrid model).
After the assessment is complete Dr. Nutter will provide a diagnosis and recommend the most appropriate treatment options & initiate treatment (such as a medication trial - if indicated).
Only 1 parent/caregiver can attend in-person appointments (no siblings).
Please do bring a few toys/games to keep your child occupied as initial assessments are between 1-1.5hours and follow-ups are 30-40minutes.
For all in-office appointments, a brief, mandatory COVID-19 screening must be completed within 24h of your child's upcoming appointment.
If you or your child feel unwell: please do not come to the office. Stay home.
Call the office at 236-420-0556 as soon as possible in order to convert to a virtual visit. Do not notify our office via email (as email is only checked periodically).
Medical face masks are required in clinic (for both the adult/caregiver and all children >age 4 unless if physical, developmental or behavioral impairments make wearing a mask unsafe ie. anyone who is unable to safely remove a mask without help is not required to wear one).
Masking is one of the most effective ways to avoid getting sick with an upper respiratory tract infection. Masks protect you & people around you!
We will provide you and your child with medical masks at the start of your visit.
Masks should only be worn by one person & should be thrown out after each use (ie. not shared or re-used).
Tips to help children wear masks:
1. Explain why it is important in a language they can understand: “masks help protect you and others around us from germs that can make us sick”
2. Let them choose their own mask
3. Make sure it's comfortable & fits snugly over the nose/mouth without gaps. Your child should breathe easily, talk, laugh & play while wearing it.
4. Wash or sanitize your hands before & after you put on & take off your mask.
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Please note: the content and resources on this website are intended for the use of Dr. Nutter's patients and should not be considered medical advice or replace comprehensive medical care. If your child has any medical or developmental issues - contact your doctor.