Bringing health care to those in need on our doorstep
- By: Sara Robbins
Volunteering at Project:London
It’s Wednesday afternoon, and I head over to the Project:London (P:L) clinic where I volunteer as a support worker. I begin my first social consultation with Prisca, a South African woman who has been living in the United Kingdom for five years. As she explains why she has come to the clinic, she breaks down in tears. She is frightened. She came to London as a domestic worker with her South African employer, who abused her, took her passport, and abandoned her. After being “turned away” from an NHS walk in clinic, and believing she was not allowed to register with a GP, Prisca went for years without her diabetic medication or regular checks. During this time, her diabetes spiralled out of control, and she has the serious sequelae of the disease.
Seeing the patients arrive at the P:L clinic has opened my eyes to the impact