Older persons do not receive much-needed specialised treatment in the over-burdened State health system. Furthermore, they are expected to wait in long queues, are seldom examined by a doctor and receive no assistance with medication and compliance. They often live in a state of great anxiety regarding their health with constant feelings of being unwell.
This, together with a rapidly ageing, mostly poor population will result in decreased wellness, increased cost and dependency on the State and greater levels of neglect, chronic disease and premature death.
The NOAH Primary Health Clinics in Woodstock and Khayelitsha are exemplary models of accessible, affordable and first rate primary health care for social pensioners. This is evidenced by the rapidly growing patient numbers, reduced emergencies and reported increases in wellbeing.
The bi-weekly GP clinics provide essential primary health care services to our members on a booked appointment basis. Oversight is provided by NOAH’s Health Manager (a registered nurse) and two clinic assistants.
Health advice and awareness is offered, and assistance with dietary and medication compliance is ongoing. In addition NOAH provides therapeutic massage, podiatry and physiotherapy with professional practitioners, as well as access to Dementia support.