broad range of primary healthcare services to meet the
needs of our community
The community of Lukuli and the wider population
of over 60,000 people living within 2km of the clinic
have a very broad range of health needs, often including
diseases and conditions which rarely present themselves
in developed countries - malaria, malnutrition, intestinal
worms, skins rashes, pneumonia, measles, typhoid, cholera,
and James are both clinical officers, the highest qualification
of medical staff at Hope Clinic Lukuli, and they are assisted
by part-time COs to ensure 24-hour consultations are possible.
A government facility of similar HC-III ranking as our
clinic has no doctor, just one CO with nurses and midwives.
Hope Clinic offers registered and enrolled nurses and
midwives as well as the CO and the laboratory staff. With
help from individuals and small grants from companies
and embassies in Kampala we have the equipment to enable
these medics to provide the necessary care.
Our patients are very important
Prevention advice is provided
After prescribing, we can dispense
community relies on Hope Clinic Lukuli being open, equipped,
with caring staff and able to help them understand their
conditions, what they can do now with medication or self-care
and how to prevent it worsening or recurring. Medical
health and public health information services are both
evident at Hope Clinic. Our outreach team meet midwives
in the community and go to private shops selling drugs
and encourage them to inform their clients about the need
for accurate diagnosis and prescription of medication
as part of a treatment plan. We have agreed with these
other providers to perform the tests on patients they
refer but that we will send the patient back to them to
buy the drugs or have an attended delivery where it is
safe to do so. This referrals network has been successful.
drop-in consultations function alongside a weekly programme
of Monday child immunisations, Tuesday ante-natal booking-in
clinic, Wednesday family planning discussions, Thursday
for second and subsequent ANC checks and Friday is the
HIV case review day. This many services requires us to
have over 20 staff employed at the clinic.