One thing that’s been made clear during this pandemic is the need for healthcare.
But over the last few years though, how we get care has changed.
In this episode of Road to Recovery with Douglas Magazine, CHEK’s Joe Perkins speaks to Mercy Southam of Eir Mobile Medicine, a Vancouver Island woman who has not only gone digital with her practice but put it on four wheels.
“I do offer virtual healthcare … I can drop ship their custom formulations and prescriptions right to their door. So, there is a lot that I am able to do virtually in addition to in-person in the mobile clinic,” Southam said.
Southam has created Canada’s first mobile acupuncture and natural medicine studio and says COVID-19 has hit the healthcare industry hard — resulting in a lot of changes to the way care is delivered.
“The healthcare industry has just been rocked,” she said. “Here on Vancouver Island, a lot of people were depending on walk-in clinics for most of their primary healthcare and that is not really the case anymore.”
Southam says more doctors and other healthcare practitioners are now going to the patient to provide treatment than ever before and that there has also been an increase in telehealth service since COVID-19 arrived. She believes once the pandemic is over, that type of healthcare delivery, will remain.
“I definitely think this is a trend that is going to stick around,” she said. “I think people are getting really used to the convenience and the increased access to their healthcare,” said Southam.
Watch the full interview with Southam in the video above.
Road to Recovery is done in partnership with Douglas Magazine.
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