During 2004, Holy Trinity, in conjunction with medical students at the University of the Witwatersrand, set up the Trinity Health Services Clinic to provide medical service to the many street people who come to Holy Trinity on a Monday evening. It has long been the task of the Braamfontein St Vincent de Paul conference (SVP) to provide supper for the local street people every Monday night.
Students have always been a part of this enterprise: helping to make and distribute food, and washing up afterwards. But, in 2004, Bronwyn Weber, then a fourth year medical student, was instrumental in getting a Clinic off the ground, bringing in the help of her fellow students and, when necessary, that of a doctor.
This Clinic has arisen out of a definite need for medical attention for those with life threatening diseases, especially HIV/Aids. Although the students may not prescribe medicines, they are able to give to the people living on the streets a service to which they would not normally have access. However these things always work both ways, for the students gain valuable experience in the process.
In 2009/10 major alternation were made to the area under the Church so that the growing clinic would have the facilities they need – consulting rooms and a pharmacy. This was made possible by many generous donations and the hard work of the medical students.
If you would like to contribute to the Trinity Health Services Clinic, we would be most appreciative. Donations can be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church (banking details are on our contact information page. Please mark your deposit clearly for Trinity Health Services) Alternatively the SVP and the students could also do with your hands on Monday evenings so feel free and most welcome to join us at the parish at 18h00 every Monday evening to feed the five thousand – everyday Monday of the year.