The Well Foundation

IMAGE: Happy days - some of the Waitemata DHB Child & Family West team with new clinic

A new mobile health clinic is now on the road providing healthcare to children and families in need across the Waitemata region. The Well Foundation fundraised for the $210,000 clinic and a grant from the ProCare Charitable Foundation in November 2015 helped significantly.

“ProCare’s grant took us considerably closer to our target for the clinic, which was a top priority for us given the impact it’s expected to have on the health of our community, particularly the thousands of children from deprived areas,” says Well Foundation CEO Andrew Young.

The clinic will be taken by public health nurses into schools, early childhood centres, and other public spaces like community centres, to provide ear health check-ups and treatment, throat swabbing as part of the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme and general health advice, treatment and referrals when required.

The mobile health service was previously run using two modified motorhomes, both of which are almost 18 years old and are cramped, inefficient and mechanically unreliable. The new mobile health clinic takes the place of the older clinic and along with being comfortable, spacious and able to stand up to the growing demands on the service, it has a self-sufficient power supply. No longer needing to run a lead to power means nurses can take the clinic to new areas and locations in the community to reach new patients for assessment and treatment.