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About The Billy Clinic

The original clinic building opened in 2004 providing primary care medical services to the local population of Cape Maclear.

For the majority of the population this was their first opportunity to access medical treatment for their illnesses. Opening at eight every morning, staffed by a doctor and three nurses, the clinic was, from day one ,extremely busy.

Patients travelled for many miles to see the doctor and receive treatment and medication and soon it became apparent that an in-patient facility would greatly improve the patient care provided.

Depending totally on fundraising activities to survive, the decision to build a further facility added considerably to the annual budget and also added further pressure to recruit more volunteers to staff the new facility. However with generosity of people in Ireland and the US the in-patient facility opened in 2007.

The clinic operates7 days a week on a 24 hour basis and has a number of permanent staff alongside the volunteer doctors and nurses who come as volunteers for periods of up to six months. There is an ambulance available to transport patients to a larger hospital if necessary. We can offer some surgical procedures.

The Trust employs and trains more than 32 local people including patient care attendants, laboratory assistants, translators, counsellors, administrative staff, kitchen, laundry, gardeners and security staff.

In 2014 the Trust opened a small operating theatre and began eye surgery at the clinic. This takes place every3 /4 months with a visiting ophthalmic surgeon from South Africa. Ophthalmic services are very poor across wide areas of Africa. Severe  eye conditions are common. This is the only clinic of its kind for a radius of 300m kilometres. Dr Meyer has restored the sight to numerous old and not so old patients in the community. He gives his services and those of his specially trained nurses and all the necessary medication free of charge to the eye patients who attend his clinic.

In April 2017, the clinic was once again extended with a third building added to the existing two. Working with Baylor College of Medicine USA, the Trust offers a wide range of HIV/AIDS services. Counselling, testing ,treatment and follow-up services are all available at the clinic. With more than 1,500 patients attending this service, each month, the Trust continues the battle against HIV/ AIDS in the community.

We ,at the clinic are always seeking ways to improve the services which we offer. Our small operating theatre is available to visiting surgeons who may wish to work with us for short periods of time.

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With the ongoing drastic reduction of supply of electricity from the national grid, funded by Billys USA, we are now solar powered both in the clinic and at the gap.
Dr Eugene Meyer a noted ophthalmic surgeon from South Africa and his South African nursing assistants travel to the Billy clinic 3/4 times per year performing cataract surgery and other procedures.
The last number of months saw us again saying goodbyes and hellos to the Billy’s volunteer force.