Doctors on mobikes for 24X7 medical emergency

March 12th, 2009 - 7:56 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) Emergency healthcare is set to take on a new dimension in the capital soon - doctors zooming on mobikes, equipped with GPS, blue beacons and a first-aid kit.
This paid emergency medical service was launched Thursday by Rapid Rescue Services, a Gurgaon-based company, with an aim to provide door-step medical emergency services.

The rescue service is run by qualified doctors.

“We intend to provide the most effective and reliable emergency rescue to our members in need of help. In any medical emergency, there is a need to give pre-hospitalisation treatment and we aim at addressing that with the help of our initiative,” said Bhavin Shukla, director of Rapid Rescue Services.

The company has floated two kinds of memberships - Gold and Silver. The Gold customers will be located using a GPS key ring while the silver customers are covered within their homes and need to call a helpline number.

The Gold membership will cost Rs.15,000 anually while Silver costs Rs.10,000.

“In the event of an emergency, all a customer has to do is press the predefined number on the mobile phone in order to be connected to the team to take care of him,” said Rahul Pande, head of operations.

The rescue team comprising over 30 doctors and paramedical staff will reach the location within 30 minutes and will give necessary medical treatment.

The company is also in the process of tying up with some of popular hospitals across the city. The team of doctors will be stationed in eight hot-spots in the capital.

“The moment an emergency call is received, our team carrying emergency medical equipment and administrative drugs will reach the spot on a specially designed motorbike to avoid the traffic congestion,” said Pande.

The mobikes have been specially designed by Bajaj Auto and are fitted with GPS and blue beacons.

“The GPS system will help the team to find out the exact location of the patient. The service will be available to all customers signed to a plan round the clock,” said Pande.

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