A new service started in the Austin area this week making caring for a sick child a little bit easier, and all you have to do is download an app.
Just like the “good ‘ol days,” Dallas-based company Q.Care offers on demand pediatric health care right to your front door.
It’s especially convenient for parents of multiple children. When one child gets sick, the parent has to bring all of the kids to the doctor’s office or find childcare for one child while taking the other to the doctor.
"Kind of a struggle sometimes to get all three of them there for one little check-up,” said Austin mother Desiree Pearson.
Pearson is one of the first moms in Austin to try the new Q.Care app.
After downloading the app, parents can consult with a nurse through the hotline, then request a nurse to come to the house.
The board-certified nurse practitioner will then arrive at your house within the hour. The service fee is $25 and Q.Care takes insurance.
PhD Prepared Family Nurse Practitioner Linda Stevenson is one of the hundreds of experienced nurses working with Q.Care in Dallas, Houston and now Austin.
"We've had 3,500 house calls,” said Stevenson. The company has been operating for about a year now.
While the company isn't trying to replace your regular pediatrician, they are trying to make it easier for parents with little ones when illness isn't so convenient.
The service in Austin is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
"You have to put your child in the car when they're sick and drive to urgent care, and while you're waiting there are all kinds of other people who are sick around your child,” explained Stevenson.
Their app aims to deliver care and relief in the comfort of your own home.
All nurse practitioners must have several years of experience working with children and must pass a thorough background test.
Nurse practitioners with Q.Care can also write prescriptions.
The app is available for free download in the iTunes store.
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