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No remaining appointments at The Salvation Army medical clinic

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Appointments are fully booked at a temporary medical clinic run by The Salvation Army.

The GP service, operating from tomorrow for four days in July at The Salvation Army’s Waitakere centre, was set up to make healthcare more accessible to people living in poverty.

Jono Bell, The Salvation Army's National Director of Community Ministries, says there is high demand for healthcare in winter and there are no more appointments available tomorrow.

"We can see twelve people each of the four days and all spots for our first clinic have been filled. We urge people who have a medical emergency to call 111."

Salvation Army clients will be seen by a General Practitioner from home-visiting doctor service NZ Home Doctors.

Substandard housing and poor heating often lead to sickness and people don’t always get to a doctor when they should, says Jono.

"Fees can be a barrier, but also if there’s no car, no petrol and no bus money, it’s near impossible for some whānau to get there. We know this service will be valuable to our clients over winter."

The Salvation Army relies heavily on public donations to provide essential services to 120,000 people each year. The organisation is pleading for those more fortunate to dig deep and donate to its Winter Appeal launching today (8 July).

The Salvation Army provides food parcels, budgeting advice, social work, youth development, and emergency and transitional housing to New Zealand’s most vulnerable families and individuals.

The Salvation Army Winter Appeal runs from 8 July until the end of the month and people can donate by visiting www.salvationarmy.org.nz/winter.

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