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Patients of Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters no longer have to trek to Newport News or Norfolk to seek special services.
CHKD Health Center at Lightfoot opened its doors on Jan. 11 in the Lightfoot Marketplace on Richmond Road.
It is the health system’s 16th location in Hampton Roads. The opening was delayed two days due to Winter Storm Helena, but patients were already scheduling appointments on opening day.
“Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters cares for so many children in the Williamsburg area that it was important for us to provide families with convenient access to our signature pediatric healthcare services closer to home,” explained John Harding, chief operating officer for the CHKD Health System.
Services provided by the new location include cardiology, nephrology, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, sports medicine physical therapy and urology.
“We may add other specialty services as the need arises,” Harding said.
One of the health center’s key features is a fitness center for patients in need of physical therapy.
“Our state-of-the-art sports medicine gym is a great addition to a very active Williamsburg community,” said Harding. “So we’re looking forward to caring for even more young athletes and providing comprehensive healthcare services for their injuries, to help get them back in the game safely.”
The close proximity of the new location pleases John Bollinger, a Williamsburg father of two.
“I am all for having a more convenient location for CHKD,” Bollinger said. “We recently had to get a very speedy surgical consult and since there were no available appointments in Newport News, we had to go all the way to Norfolk.”
Eventually, CHKD Health Center at Lightfoot will add a walk-in laboratory, radiology services, and an Urgent Care center.
CHKD provides medical and surgical services to roughly 500,000 children in the region and has three other Urgent Care locations exclusively for infants, children, and teens.
The Urgent Care center provides care for common illnesses and childhood injuries including colds, flu, sinus and ear infections, asthma, vomiting, diarrhea, sports and orthopedic injuries, and suturing for cuts that need stitches.
“Children who receive physical, occupational, or speech therapy may require several sessions a week for a period of time,” said Harding. “Offering these appointments at a nearby location makes it much easier for these families.”