A doctor on demand service can be very helpful in a number of situations, especially outside of normal clinic hours. Without this option you effectively have to either ignore medical problems that occur outside of business hours or get to an emergency room.
While you should of course go to an emergency room if you have a serious illness or injury, there are plenty of medical issues that need dealing with quickly yet don’t really meet the emergency room threshold – and this is where a doctor on demand can help you.
When you just don’t have time to go to a clinic
Many people work during the hours that most medical offices are open, and making an appointment often results in an inconvenient time slot – and after you turn up on time you will be left waiting as lots of GP’s chronically run late. This is when seeing a medical professional available outside regular hours can be very useful.
Whether you have a spot you need checked, a prescription written or refilled or even just some questions answered by a professional, it can be a lot more convenient to find a doctor on demand than to go through the process of missing hours of work to make an urgent-ish appointment that will, in all likelihood, only last 10-15 minutes.
You might be putting off seeing your GP because you feel like your issue isn’t urgent, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Getting a suspicious spot looked at could save your life, while refilling your prescription sounds minor but has a fairly obvious time limit. General check-ups are also very important.
Even questions for your healthcare professional that sound trivial (like advice on losing weight, for example) are better done sooner rather than later. Things like this are where a doctor on demand can really help you out.
Of course if you think you are having a serious medical emergency you should go to the hospital, but if you have something smaller (like a bad stomach bug) that strikes outside of business hours then a doctor on demand can really help you.
This service can be especially useful for new parents, who often may not know whether their baby needs to go to the hospital or just has one of a multitude of very common early childhood conditions. Since babies can’t talk to explain what is wrong it is best to get a medical professional to check them, just in case, but very often you don’t need to go to the emergency room.
A doctor on demand will be able to tell you what to do next with your upset newborn, and will know if they need the hospital or just a bit of medicine – or even nothing at all. This can bring some peace of mind to exhausted parents who just don’t know what to do.
You might also want to talk to a doctor on demand if you have suffered an injury, maybe in a car accident on the way home from work or at a sports training session. They will have a better idea of if you need x-rays or any other tests to determine if you have any broken bones, and will be able to tell you if it is urgent or not.
Talking to a doctor on demand is a much better option than getting a fat emergency room bill for an issue that turned out to be trivial, for example paying for x-rays on a sprained ankle! It is also better than assuming that an issue isn’t urgent and then finding out you really should have gone to hospital immediately – for example if you have early symptoms of a disease like pneumonia.
Some people are embarrassed by sexual health problems and are too nervous to go to a GP or clinic about them. However, a doctor on demand will be able to talk to you in the comfort of your own home, which can help reduce the issue. Health problems don’t become any less urgent or serious because they are sexual or affect an intimate area, so you need to see a professional about them.
If you have a potential STD you need to get tested – not just for your own health, but for the sake of your past and future sexual partners. A doctor on demand can help you do this out of hours, which may reduce the embarrassment you feel about going to a sexual health clinic.
So there you are – seeing medical professionals available outside of regular hours can bring significant benefits in a number of situations. So if you have any medical issues that you don’t want to (or can’t) go to a GP for, whether due to time constraints, confusion or embarrassment, you should at least speak to a doctor on demand.