Apollo Hospitals today launched ‘Advanced COVID Care beyond Hospitals’, an initiative to provide COVID-positive patients with the best of medical care while they are in quarantine at home and help relieve the capacity pressure on the hospitals and healthcare system. The initiative will ensure expert advice and timely guidance from COVID specialists is just a phone call away, providing peace of mind for COVID-patients who are recovering from home. Through regular monitoring by critical care specialists and video consultations with ICU doctors, timely recognition of symptoms, right steps of treatment at the right time can be initiated. In case of development of complications and the need for oxygen support and hospitalisation, it can also be arranged promptly. The critical care specialists will be supported by the ‘Apollo Doc On Call’ program that has supported patients with care beyond the wall of the hospitals over the past four years.
Ms. Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “The second wave of COVID infections has seen hospitals faced with a steep rise in the number of patients resulting in pressure on the bed capacity. Since a majority of the cases of COVID are asymptomatic or mild, we decided to launch the ‘Advanced COVID Care beyond Hospitals’ that reaches out beyond the four walls of the hospitals to deliver timely treatment at home for these patients. Regular monitoring of parameters just like in hospital with video consultation from special ICU doctors will ensure timely treatment and any potentially serious complication can be addressed immediately. Patients will be guided through their recovery at home without having to step out of the house or being exposed to a potentially harmful environment. Through the Advanced COVID Care beyond Hospitals programme, our health experts will treat COVID-positive patients through their treatment at home and limit the disease progression.”
Many COVID-positive patients do not have severe symptoms and can be treated at home, provided the symptoms are recognized well in advance and the right treatment is given. Administering the right drug is also essential to ensure that patients recover soon and do not reach the reduced oxygen state. Providing COVID-positive patients with correct treatment and thorough monitoring will prevent the use of resources such as the need for hospitalisation, beds, oxygen and ventilators. A dedicated helpline number has been allocated to get patients in touch with a general physician who will prescribe necessary tests and medicines. This service is also extended to other hospitals that may need expert advice from senior specialists in COVID patients care. Patients can simply dial 044-28292929 to speak to a COVID-care specialist regarding their symptoms and treatment.