A second mobile health clinic on its way
This is the second new mobile health clinic our incredible supporters have made possible, with the first arriving in October last year and quickly making a positive impact in the community.
Already the first clinic is reaching new patients for ear assessments and general treatments, across much of West Auckland as well as making regular visits to the North Shore for the first time and going as far north as Warkworth.
“Being self- powered, the clinic can go to new areas and the team has been able to respond to opportunities as they arise to take the clinic to new places,” says Waitemata DHB Child & Family West Team Leader, Ruth Noel. “For example we recently took up an invitation to the Pacific Youth Rugby League Cup Tournament at Cornwall Park (pictured above) to provide health promotion for Rheumatic Fever awareness, immunisations, vision hearing testing and general child health matters. This would have been very difficult, potentially impossible in the old clinic.”
The second clinic will have the same capability to visit new places and will be comfortable, spacious and designed specifically to stand up to demands of the growing service.
It will be used mostly for throat swabbing as a part of the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme and will visit local schools and areas in the community where vulnerable people are in need of healthcare, like the Western Village Caravan Park in Ranui.
We’re grateful to our supporters who got right behind our fundraising, making it possible to fund a second new clinic.
“We were so well supported in our fundraising for the first clinic that we were able to continue on and fundraise for the second,” explains Well Foundation CEO, Andrew Young. “Everyone we spoke to about enhancing the DHB’s mobile service could instantly understand the benefits for children and families in our community.”