Apollo Hospitals has launched a new initiative named ‘Advanced COVID Care beyond Hospitals’ to provide medical care assistance to COVID-positive patients in quarantine at home.
The initiative will ensure that the patient gets expert advice and timely guidance from COVID specialists. 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, says the hospital. The critical care specialists will be supported by the ‘Apollo Doc On Call’ programme.
Providing COVID-positive patients with correct treatment and thorough monitoring will help prevent the need for hospitalisation and limit the use of resources such as beds, oxygen and ventilators.
“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,” said Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group.
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.