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Local doctor brings back house calls and it is cutting down wait times at emergency rooms

Posted at 4:11 PM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 21:26:52-04

A local doctor is bringing back the nineteenth century house call.

Dr. Singh said this practice is mostly for people who are being disabled, or 65 years or older who are bed bound.

A patient can get everything they would normally get at a primary care office, but in the comfort of their own home. 

"I think at this time physicians are a little reluctant to look into this environment," Dr. Singh said. "It's growing at an alarming rate."

He explained that this service has allowed hospitals to cut down on unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalization readmission.

Their goal is to have nurse practitioners and doctors treat patients before they need to go to the hospital. 

A major benefit of this method is not only the convenience, but a doctor can look at the patient's environment. 

"What is their living situation, who is taking care of them, whether they have stairs, whether they live in a trailer home, " he says, "You can structure the treatment based on that as well."

A patient of Dr. Singh said that he feels more comfortable not having to leave his home. 

"I couldn't be happier," said Keith Sutton, who is bedbound.

Before this service, Sutton had a transportation service helping take him to the hospital. His caregiver explained that since using this service, doctor visits have been much easier. 

"It makes it much better for the person at home because everybody wants that comfort, everybody wants that attention, everybody wants to know that there is somebody trying to make them feel better," said Margo Walker. 

"A lot of people don't know that this is an advantage or benefit that your insurance does offer you," Dr. Singh said.

Check out Pinnacle Healthcare's patient forms to see if you are eligible for this in-home service.