Doctor is only a phone call away

Yet another International Day of Older Persons has passed and doctors Varun Nishanth and Jase John are out to help the elderly with their \'Helo doc\' initiative.

Published: 02nd October 2013 10:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd October 2013 10:09 AM   |  A+A-

Running at a mad pace, juggling the needs of home and work place often makes it difficult to lend a helping hand to the selfless and caring hands that led one to where they are now. While some elderly and ageing are left to the mercy of old age homes, those at home are at the mercy of their caregivers’ time. The monthly check-ups are delayed or the elderly is rushed to hospital, much to their chagrin. Offering a panacea is 'Helo doc', an initiative of two young doctors in the city.

Time was when mere interaction with doctors who stepped beside the bedside sent ailments away. And the bond between the patient and doctors grew stronger. The initiative of Dr Varun Nishanth and Dr Jase John also aims to bring the family doctor concept back, but mainly targets the elderly. The 'Helo doc' team is only a phone call away. Fix an appointment according to the needs of the elderly and the doctor is at your doorstep to do the needful.

“The mode of consultation today often leads to considerable loss in time, getting your token, waiting in queues just to sit with the doctor for two to five minutes. Moreover, it is difficult for relatives to take a day off to accompany their parents or grandparents to the clinic or hospital. It is best not to compromise on the healthcare of the aged. Studies say that regular checkups and tests are a must for maintaining a proper control over lifestyle disorders that accumulate over time,” said the duo.

Varun and Jase have worked in rural pockets in Pondicherry after passing out from Aarupadai Veedu Medical College and also here in Kadamakkudy under the National Rural Health Mission. They want to do something for the elderly, especially in rural areas.

“We can offer more care and advice caregivers better when we get to know the way of life of the patient and their circumstances and offer care accordingly. Once we saw an old man lying in a dark room, with a dingy atmosphere as his sole companion. We advised the caregivers to take him outdoors for some time every day which brought about a big change. Also a small doze of sunlight can do wonders. On fixing an appointment, a qualified doctor will visit, treat and dispense medicine at the comfort of individual’s own home,” said the duo.

As it is a start-up initiative, only non-emergency medical attention will be rendered by the team. The patient will be examined thoroughly with small talk to share a camaraderie. In case the patient requires to be taken to hospital, arrangements will be made.

For the same reason, they do not have either a five-star facility or expensive equipment. Checkups and treatment will be done with whatever they have. Depending on the response,  more facilities will be added.

'Helo doc' is also set to create awareness on health and offer training in first aid. Those who want to avail themselves of the service can call ‘Helodoc’ at 9961250763.


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