Non-COVID Medical emergencies, need different protocol
Her condition cannot be addressed by first aid at home or long distance consultation, though I did exhaust those possibilities before I decided to take her into emergency on advise from the doctor. She had to be attended to in the next one hour.
We obviously did not have an emergency pass and could not get one on the e-pass system.
I called a local police station, where an officer explained to me very politely that to get a pass I would have to take the Doctors advise on whatsapp to the PS of my jurisdiction. This would be too cumbersome and time consumimg.
So I decided to take an ambulance to the hospital, though she could have been taken by a regular car. We also had but no choice but return by ambulance.
I would like to make the following suggestions based on my experience for medical emergencies which are not of the COVID type and which do not require an ambulance because going forward getting an ambulance may also be extremely difficult and it should be available to those who cannot sit in a regular car.
1) Let the patient travel in a personal car with all her/his medical papers file and a message on the phone from the Doctor who is advising that the patient be brought into emergency. Doctors credentials in terms of hospital and registration number could also be mentioned in the message. This message could be shown to the Police at various checkpoints. The Police should allow the vehicle to pass through based on this message.
2) For those who do not have a personal vehicle, the government could tie up with OLA/ UBER service to pick up and drop the patient to the hospital. The suggestion is that a fleet of cars from OLA/ UBER be used for non-COVID emergencies. These cars can be given a special sticker "ON HOSPITAL DUTY".
The same documentation as explained above can be carried by the patient who is using the service.
We would also be ensuring that ambulances are available for COVID patients and those who cannot travel in any other form of transport.
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