Social distancing is here for the long haul. How are you coping? In particular, do you or your loved one need to see a doctor in this time of self-isolation? How do you go about it without risking to get an infection in the process? In this quick guide, we acknowledge that, even in times of a pandemic, life still happens. And that includes needing to see your general practitioner. That’s why; we want to share with you five ways to get the best medical care you need as you keep off from the crowds and public areas. Let’s get to it!
Who Needs to See a Doctor?
Note that, unless you have an urgent appointment coming up, most non-urgent doctors’ meetings are being postponed or rescheduled to a date when the pandemic will be over. Still, there are certain instances where you must see a healthcare professional even as social distancing is advisable. Expectant mothers, those with long term injuries or illnesses, and those who need to renew prescriptions are a few examples of those who might still need to get in touch with their doctor on a regular basis.
How You Can Consult With Your Doctor
Is your health practitioner using a telemedicine service to offer healthcare during the pandemic? eVisits comprise accessing the services of a healthcare provider via their e-portal. Such services include guidance and counseling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, gynecological consultation, and general consultation. Here the doctor signs up and monitors his patients remotely. Then, he can liaise with an essential service provider to bring the medical supplies needed by the patient to their homes.
• Opt for Home Visits
Yes, arrange with your doctor to have your appointment from your house. That way, it is the doctor who makes the trip to you while exercising caution. House to house calls are necessary for the older person who needs specialized home care. Or, the expectant mother who doesn’t want to risk the health of her unborn child.
• Use Technology
We live in times when social media is one of the critical forms of communication. Indeed, most practitioners maintain a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account where they update their patients on new treatments and procedures. Then, use this opportunity to stay in touch with your doctor.
Second, when you want to go for an appointment, you can use your computer, tablet, or smartphone to schedule a video conferencing meeting with your doctor. Such meetings work best when you only need to have a verbal appointment. Better still, you can agree with your GP on the nearest health facility where you can have your vitals taken. This information can then be sent to the doctor before your scheduled meeting time.
Some health specialities even have online testing options for patients to get tested. For example if you are having earring problems, you can take a hearing test online to evaluate if you need hearing aids. Using resources on the internet can help you evaluate the seriousness of your condition, and whether you need to consult a healthcare provider.
• Make a Call
Due to a lockdown, more medical professionals are handling their patient inquiries via the phone. For example, if you have a toothache and need medication to manage the pain, you can call the dentist’s clinic and request a callback. Then, should the doctor see the need for a one-on-one appointment, he will ask you first to get previous tests for any symptoms of the pandemic. Once cleared, you can then proceed for your procedures.
• Practice Healthy Living
Did you know that you can minimize the need to see a doctor if you practice healthy habits with self-isolating? For example, declutter and make your home safe for your kids and seniors. That way, you don’t have to rush the minors or seniors to the hospital due to accidents. Then, eat a healthy diet with immune-boosting ingredients. Exercise regularly. Meditate and have sufficient sleep to help you manage stress and anxiety brought about by the pandemic. Then, have a social support network.
The bottom line is in the event of a pandemic; other medical issues don’t go away. Then, discuss with your doctor the best way to access healthcare services as you stay at home. Plus, make lifestyle changes to ensure you stay healthy and in need of minimal hospital visits. Remember only visit your healthcare provider office or hospitals in emergency situations.