Trinity Health Service was a clinic run by students from the Faculty of Health Sciences for many years. It serviced the homeless of the Johannesburg inner city area.
The clinic was conducted in a basement at the Holy Trinity Church in Braamfontein. The church community still operates a soup kitchen each Monday evening which was the night used for the clinic as well because the people who needed the service gathered there.
The clinic saw about 20 people every Monday evening at no cost. Any referrals were made into the public health system. A couple of years ago the students closed the clinic due to compliance issues.
Over the last year these compliance issues have been resolved. The pharmacy is now regulated as per the council requirements and the students are now raring to restart the service.
There are pharmacists committed to assisting the students in the pharmacy and students roster the relevant medical personnel to supervise the student activity.
It is envisaged that the clinic become a space for inter-professional engagement with students of all professions.
As a result of the dormant period many of the donors and the students who were initially involved have moved on. Thus arises the need to look for new partners in getting this up and running again.
The hope is to get the clinic running by mid-January and the immediate need is for an initial pharmaceutical consignment to make it worthwhile for the homeless to attend the service.
The estimated monthly costs is R25 000. They hope that this will need a once off contribution while students find their feet engaging new sponsors and partners.