Croix-de-Bouquets Medical Clinic, Part 3

Croix-de-Bouquets Medical Clinic, Part 3

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It's difficult to convey the tension present on the first day of the Among The Reeds clinic in Croix-des-Bouquets.  A limited number of tickets were distributed throughout the community for the purpose of establishing a rhythm and to ensure patients received enough time with a medical practitioner.  However, once people heard of the free clinic, they came by the dozens, and finally hundreds.  For many in this community, it would be their first—and perhaps only—opportunity to receive healthcare.

Early in the morning, the church building was filled to capacity and remained so for the duration of the day.

Early in the morning, the church building was filled to capacity and remained so for the duration of the day.

Chantal Dumera (center) manages the patient intake process.

Chantal Dumera (center) manages the patient intake process.

Patients are prioritized by age and symptom, then given a number and wait to be seen.

Patients are prioritized by age and symptom, then given a number and wait to be seen.

Once the patient has been assessed, they move to the administrative building's courtyard and are given water to combat the heat.

Once the patient has been assessed, they move to the administrative building's courtyard and are given water to combat the heat.

General concerns are addressed in the room adjacent to the pharmacy.  Among The Reeds founder, Jamie Hatleberg (right) interacts with a patient.

General concerns are addressed in the room adjacent to the pharmacy.  Among The Reeds founder, Jamie Hatleberg (right) interacts with a patient.

A small room nearby serves as a more private location to address concerns.

A small room nearby serves as a more private location to address concerns.

A woman receives a tooth extraction in the dental care room.

A woman receives a tooth extraction in the dental care room.

The red bottle is for "sharps" and other hazardous waste.

The red bottle is for "sharps" and other hazardous waste.

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Perhaps the busiest area would be the pharmacy, which also housed the triage and wound care.  It was also the most organized and allowed a natural flow of people through doors on either side of the room.  Once patients had seen a medical practitioner, they then took their prescriptions to the pharmacy counter to be fulfilled.  And once fulfilled, they left the clinic through exterior door.

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Croix-des-Bouquets Medical Clinic, Part 4

Croix-des-Bouquets Medical Clinic, Part 4

Croix-des-Bouquets Medical Clinic, Part 2

Croix-des-Bouquets Medical Clinic, Part 2