Monday, 25 February 2013

Apollo Health Clinic - Family Health Centre

A well-kept secret in Chennai is the Apollo Health Clinic in Kotturpuram, an area very near the center of Chennai. Since moving to India nearly two years ago, I have not been to the doctor except to have a couple of ear infections looked at. I figured it was high time to 'do the needful' and have my annual check up since I was coming up on a birthday. A friend from the US who works in Chennai recommended the Apollo Health Clinic.She and her seventy year old mother had both gone there and highly recommended it.

The clinic in Kotturpuram is clean, efficient and the staff is friendly. You don't need an appointment, which at first sounded like a really bad idea to me but, when I rang them up, they said to be there at 7 a.m. - no appointment was necessary. I got there ten minutes early since I thought they probably told everyone to be there at 7 a.m., but I was surprisingly the first one there.

Once you are checked in they move you quickly through the various labs, tests, and doctors as if you were on a conveyor belt. Since you have to fast for twelve hours prior to checking in, they do give you a small South Indian breakfast, once you have completed all of the blood and urine tests. That was at about 11 a.m., and I was ravenous. I ate my two iddly with coconut chutney and a vada washed down with South Indian style sugary coffee in record time. I usually only take black coffee, but I was so hungry I just ate and drank whatever they gave me. (I am famously not the world's pickiest eater and absolutely love South Indian food, the hotter the better.)

There are different tiers of service for your annual physical, and it mainly depends upon your age. I got the 50-60 year old ACE Health Screen (The Half Century Special, I call it) and it cost me Rs. 5,100. This is about  $95 US dollars, and covers everything. I was there a total of five hours and had a chest-ray, a mammogram, an pelvic ultrasound, a pap smear, blood work,  a bone density scan, a dental check and a private consultation with the doctor two days later to go over the results of all of my tests. This was all covered in the Rs. 5, 100 paid when I checked in that first morning.

I highly recommend the clinic if you need a comprehensive check-up, which seemed like a good idea now that I am pushing sixty. (OK, maybe not quite sixty, but I do want to reach my golden years in a healthy state and also be able to keep up with my grand kids...)

Here's the list of everything included from Apollo's website for the 50-60 year old client: (

  • Blood Group and RH-Typing
  • Blood Sugar (Fasting)
  • Bone Densitometry (Dexascan)
  • Bun (Blood Urea Nitrogen)
  • Complete Blood Count [CBC]
  • ECG
  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
  • Gynaec Consultation
  • Lipid Profile
  • Mammography
  • Pap Smear /Cervical Smear
  • Physician Consultation
  • Serum Calcium
  • Serum Creatinine
  • SGPT [ALT]
  • Stool Routine
  • Stool Occult Blood
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone [TSH]
  • Ultrasound Whole Abdomen
  • Urine Routine
  • X-Ray Chest PA View

  • Dental Check