The first visit proved to be good despite the long wait with a 3-month old infant in hand. Yes, a prior appointment is an absolute must. But, I guess that is how it is with every doctor in town, especially a child specialist.
The reception table is actually a huge aquarium! The waiting area is adorned with toys and stickers all over the walls. The ceiling isn't spared either - an entire race track hangs from it. A pretend road all over the wall, with cars stuck to it.
New patients are given a booklet with the weight chart, immunization record and a notes section. The receptionist enters our details on the system like name, address, number, etc. Also, a picture of the child with mommy.
The clinic has 2 consultation rooms. While the doctor sees a patient in one room, the other is prepped up by the aayas and an assistant. The assistant feeds the system with the weight, height and head circumference of the child. The previous patient's sheet is replaced by a fresh sheet before the parent lays his/her child on the examination table.
The doctor sanitizes before examining the next patient. Plays a little with the baby. There are dolls/stickers beside the table and over the bed that are attractive to the baby & can calm down the uneasiness of older children. The doctor listens to everything the parent has to say and then acquaints himself with the child while examining. To first-time parents, he gives a quick intro about the growth of the baby and other essential info about diapering, feeding, hygiene, etc.
Tries usual medicines the first 3 days, only then does he recommend antibiotics if there's no improvement. While the prescription is being printed (yes, printed!), he listens to any other queries that we may have. He then signs it and gives a toy to the child! The best part - no yucky doctor handwriting to decipher in vain!
I remember 2 years ago when my son woke up crying at 1am & we were trying to figure out what the problem was. He isn't able to communicate & we were losing our patience, half sleepy. After an hour, I hesitatingly (with almost no hopes) called up Dr. Sai Manohar. He actually picked up at the 3rd ring. I explained the symptoms & he prescribed a medicine. Thankfully, I had it; gave it to him & within 20 minutes, my son passed stool after which, he slept peacefully.
There was another time when I wasn't in a position to take him to the clinic; so consulted over the phone with the patient id. He had been suffering from high fever and acute throat infection to the extent he wasn't able to keep his head straight. The doctor prescribed to start on antibiotics immediately but I was unsure. He said since there is a vaccination that was pending, it's best to give the antibiotics in the current situation. He had all the patient's info right before his eyes on the his system - that's how he knew my child's history to advice on the correct medicine.
He also answers queries on Whatsapp. His current rate is Rs. 450/consultation. His emergency/priority basis appointments are higher. The only downside about Dr Sai Manohar is that his clinic is always over flowing and long hours of waiting.
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