General practitioner begins new era

2016-11-16 06:00
Dr Soni’s new surgery at 371 Jabu Ndlovu Street in Pietermaritzburg.

Dr Soni’s new surgery at 371 Jabu Ndlovu Street in Pietermaritzburg.

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A SPECIALIST family physician in Pietermaritzburg­, Dr Ellesh Soni, has now raised the bar for his 25-year-old medical practice.

Soni holds a basic medicine degree, diploma in family medicine, diploma in forensic health care and a diploma in HIV management.

“Family physicians are what is commonly known as general practitioners. We are considered as the family gate-keepers. Patients first consult us and if the need arises, we refer them to specialists,” Soni said.

Today, he is diving into a new era with his practice, and is moving to new spacious premises in the city centre at 371 Jabu Ndlovu Street.

To him, this move marks a massive milestone for his progressive career.

Before moving to the new property and contemplating the possible expansion of the surgery, he said he first considered the facilities situated within the radius of the property.

Conveniently, the new surgery is perfectly located in the hub of the city, with three major hospitals in close proximity - St Anne’s Hospital, Midlands Hospital and Pietermaritzburg Mediclinic.

In addition to location, Soni said he considered the aspect of convenience and accessibility to accommodate all of his patients.

The new place has ample parking, which provides stress relief for driving patients, and is also close to main transportation facilities thus providing easy access to patients who rely on public transport.

The old practice had been running for over 13 years in Church Street and is now part of the history framed on the wall.

With over 30 years’ experience, Soni is one of the few available doctors who still offers a tailored health care system to low-income earners.

“I believe in offering cost effective medical care and making their consultations a rewarding experience.

“We ensure them that their health problem is something that can be dealt with in the best possible way.

“Here, we also have a multicultural staff and try by all means to make our patients comfortable. We talk to them in a language they understand better,” Soni said.

He feels that his contact with his patients is priceless.

“I enjoy my job and there is nothing that fulfils me more than to take care of someone’s health, it’s just a good rewarding experience,” he said.

He also emphasises the importance of a leading a healthy lifestyle. Subsequently, earlier this year he reached another milestone after completing his first full marathon within his required time limit.

“I believe in a healthy lifestyle where I always advise my client to eat healthy and moderately.

“Everything in life should be moderate and excessiveness of anything can lead to harm,” he said.

The 50-year-old doctor certainly walks his talk.

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