Singapore is an ultra-convenient city. Walk a little and you’ll see the familiar ‘+’ sign in your neighbourhood – it’s the nearby General Practitioner (GP) clinic. It’s all good if you’re not feeling too ill or have no issues with mobility. But what happens if you can’t get yourself out of your door?
There’s nothing worse than feeling sick and having to bring yourself to see the doctor. It’s such a hassle, especially if you need to take time off work or just want to crash on the bed. And of course, there’s the waiting time in the clinic while you’re exposed to potential pathogens from other patients.
Thankfully, you can engage a home doctor to make you feel better.
What is a Home Doctor?
A home doctor is a medical professional who makes house calls instead of requiring patients to visit their clinic. This type of physician typically provides primary care and may also offer speciality services. Unlike seeing the doctor through a telemedicine app, this approach gives people the convenience of being treated at home while still receiving a personal touch. In fact, patient experience and satisfaction is known to be high in Singapore for such services.
Common Services Offered
With home doctor services, you can get the care you need without having to leave your house. But what are some of the common services they offer?
1. Getting a medical diagnosis
If you’ve ever had to see a doctor for a medical diagnosis, you know how frustrating it can be. You sit in the waiting room for what seems like forever, only to be seen for a few minutes and then told you need to come back for more tests. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just get a diagnosis from the comfort of your own home?
A diagnosis can be made by identifying diseases, injuries, or physical conditions from your symptoms. A home doctor will also take into account your medical history, and conduct relevant tests. Through a home visit, a doctor would be able to conduct a physical examination and even check out your living environment without you needing to leave home.
2. Providing acute care
Acute care treatment usually refers to the medical care given to patients who have recently been injured or who are experiencing a sudden, serious illness. This type of care is often provided in an emergency room or hospital setting, but can also be administered by some home doctors.
Conditions such as fever, pneumonia, urinary tract infection (UTI), or even skin lacerations, can be managed at home when assessed appropriately by a medical practitioner. Patients who are treated at home may also experience lesser psychological stress and improved recovery. Apart from home visits, patients can consider in-person visits, teleconsultations, or remote monitoring, too.
3. Managing chronic diseases
Chronic diseases refer to illnesses which are prolonged and progressive, which require ongoing medical attention. As such, patients who are suffering from chronic diseases – such as diabetes or hypertension – may require constant care.
House call medical services allow these patients to treat their conditions at the comfort of their own homes. With the help of doctors who visit your home, you’ll be able to get the care you need to keep your condition under control. These doctors can also help to monitor and prevent potential complications from arising.
4. Conducting medical procedures
If you’re like most people, the thought of having a medical procedure done at home probably seems a bit strange. After all, when we think of medical procedures, we usually think of them taking place in a sterile hospital setting. However, home doctors can actually conduct medical procedures at home, just like in a clinic or hospital.
Some of these procedures include:
- Intravenous (IV) drips
- Home nebulisation
- Oxygen therapy
- Phlegm suction
- Home pain relief management
- Swallowing assessment
- Evacuation of impacted stool
- Home blood and urine collection for laboratory investigation
- Home ambulatory ultrasound
5. Issuing medical certificates
This is not just limited to the medical certificates given to patients who are ill and are unable to go to work or school. Home doctors can also issue other forms of certificates such as Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), Mental Capacity Assessment (MCA), and Certificate of Cause of Death (CCOD).
Jaga-Me Doctor House Calls
Whether you’re feeling under the weather or have a loved one who has mobility issues, home doctors can make your life a little easier. At Jaga-Me, we provide doctor house call services to help patients in Singapore manage a wide range of medical conditions for you and your family at home. From health screening to even getting a blood test done, our professional and certified medical doctors will visit you at your home to deliver much-needed care for you.
Apart from doctor house calls, Jaga-Me also offers telemedicine services and home caregiving aid for patients who need the extra help. Contact us to find out more now.