Patient Care

Pediatric ENT expands in South St. Louis County

Washington University ENT physicians have just made their services even more convenient to pediatric patients by opening a new office in south St. Louis County. Located on Richardson Crossing Road in Arnold, Missouri, the new office treats children with nearly every general ENT issue.

Able to accommodate patients on short notice, frequently within a day, the new site is drawing patients from South County as well as southern Missouri, including Rolla, Eureka, Pacific, Farmington, Cape Girardeau and even farther south, according to pediatric otolaryngologist David S. Leonard, MB, BCh, BAO.

Dr. Leonard, Margaret Allison Ogden, MD, David W. Molter, MD, and Andrew J. Drescher, MD, are seeing pediatric patients at the new location for all general ENT issues including hearing loss, ear infections, sinusitis, swallowing disorders, airway problems, tonsillitis, and voice issues.

The St. Louis Children’s Hospital mobile hearing clinic makes regular appearances at the new Richardson Crossing site.

The mobile audiology van is located outside the office on clinic days, allowing patients with hearing issues to conveniently have their hearing tested prior to coming into the office.

In keeping with the strict sanitizing practices required across Washington University’s medical offices, the audiology van and patient rooms are disinfected after every patient visit, and everyone is required to wear masks. The waiting room is clearly marked and set up for social distancing.

The Richardson Crossing location “is incredibly convenient to many of our patients,” said Dr. Leonard. But it’s just the first step to expanding care in South County and southern Missouri. Next year, the pediatric otolaryngologists will move their South County operation to the new St. Louis Children’s Hospital Specialty Care Center, where it will offer patient visits as well as audiograms, or hearing tests.

“This is a great opportunity to offer better access to our patients in South county and the southern part of the state,” said Dr. Leonard.