New uniforms for the City Garden Clinic

City Garden Clinic is a small private clinic trying to deliver accessible and affordable healthcare with high quality of service, in a country where there is very limited health care. The aim of City Garden Clinic is to improve the living standard of the inhabitants of Makeni and surrounding, in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. The clinic is working on a cost recovery base, this means the income should keep the clinic running; there is no aim to make profit. Our staff and volunteers have the utmost commitment to quality services and professional health care.

The clinic has an outpatient department, basic laboratory services, ultrasound services and a pharmacy. There is an inpatient capacity of 64 beds. There are two operating theatres. The clinic is open 24/7 for emergencies and during daytime for all medical problems. This has resulted in a positive reputation in surgical care and in a growing number of clients/patients. (However the clinic doesn’t have a maternity at this moment.) The clinic has about 50 staff: 12 clinicians/laboratory staff, 21 nurses, 6 admin staff and 11 support staff (cleaners and security).

The clinic is in a positive growing cycle and is now implementing a variety of projects to further improve the quality and professionalism of the provide health care. One of the project is uniform for all staff. This is essential because of the clients/patients needs to be able to recognize the staff.

As stated the clinic tries to be accessible and affordable, so the prizes are kept as low as possible. Even in some cases clients that can not afford treatment will receive treatment, because the clinic can not send them away. Since uniforms are not directly linked to healthcare, there is no money to buy uniforms.

Therefor we received the kind assistance from Smarter Hospital to City Garden Clinic to provide its staff with new uniforms. To keep things affordable and sustainable, we bought local rolls of good quality cloths and have a local tailor make two uniforms for each staff. All uniforms are decorated with a woven logo of the clinic. More logo’s are ordered, so future new staff can be provided uniforms as well.

We thank Smarter Hospital and its donors vert much for this superb support!