Prime Medical Solutions Inc is a virtual private practice that uses technology to connect with its patients. Patients enjoy the luxury of quality healthcare in the convenience of their own home or office.
Patients have the luxury of consulting with their general practitioner via phone or video communication. They can receive their scripts, medical certificates, and referral letters via email. They have the luxury of having their acute and chronic medication delivered to their door (limited to Johannesburg).
“Our mission is to bring healthcare into the 21st century and make healthcare convenient by using technology to bridge the gap between doctors and patients. We strive to make healthcare more accessible, thereby encouraging early detection and management of medical conditions,” says Dr Sihle.
Dr Sihle witnessed her patients’ fear of risk exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic and felt compelled to serve them virtually, a practice she is well familiar with, having worked in telemedicine for an international company. She started consulting with her patient’s telephonically and realised that South Africans were open to the idea of digital healthcare. It was then that she decided to create a virtual practice. Prime Medical Solutions Inc was founded in 2020 with the clear aim of serving her patients at their convenience.
She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2015 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. During her time at Wits, she was an executive member of the Wits Students’ Surgical Society which dealt with increasing students’ exposure to the surgical discipline. It was through her efforts that a relationship was formed between the society and The Smile Foundation. Following which many successful fundraisers enabled the society to aid The Smile Foundation in operating children whose families could not afford the procedures.
Dr Sihle completed her 2-year internship at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the third-largest hospital in the world. During her time there she was exposed to many specialist disciplines and received exposure in primary healthcare by working at various clinics in the area. She has worked in the private healthcare space as well, both as a general practitioner and an emergency doctor in various emergency departments around Johannesburg.
She gained telemedicine experience working with an international company which dealt with various emergencies on commercial flights and private yachts. She further worked as part of a fixed-wing team, flying across the world doing medical evacuations for patients in need.
When asked what differentiates her from other general practitioners, her response was: “Empathy. I empathise with whatever situations my patients are in. I aim to give my patients the type of service I would like my family to receive. At the end of the day, we (doctors) go to similar universities and learn the same information. It’s that human element, that genuine care for my patients that I think distinguishes me in my field.”
For more on the services provided, visit https://primemedicalsa.co.za/