It was Dr Foo Joo Yee’s debut at the Bercham Methodist Klinik (BMK) recently. Run by the Bercham Methodist Church and declared open in June 2000 by then deputy minister of Home Affairs and now the Minister of Local Government Dato’ Seri Chor Chee Heung, the clinic has since been visited by more than 2,000 patients. Open on Mondays and Thursdays, the clinic is manned by Doctors, nurses and receptionists who are all volunteers. Medical consultation is FOC and patients pay a token sum of RM5 for medicine.
When asked about his volunteer work, Dr Foo said, “At my age, it’s time to offer my services to the community and I thank the grace of God for being able to do so.”
The clinic also offers free legal consultation but on an appointment only basis. The lawyers are also volunteers. Ipoh Echo lauds the good work being done by the Bercham Methodist Church and the dedicated volunteers who make it all happen.
The 2010 Budget announced by the PM recently mentioned the setting up of 1Malaysia community clinics in urban areas to enable the local community to seek basic health treatments for fever, cough and flu. What is not known is that there are already several of these community clinics set up by non-governmental bodies and religious groups in Ipoh itself.
The Bercham Metho-dist Church, (a daughter church of the Canning Garden Methodist Church) set up a Clinic in June 2000 as an outreach programme to touch a needy community. To date more than 2,000 patients have passed through its doors.
The Bercham Methodist Clinic is run by a group of voluntary doctors, including several specialists, together with pharmacists and helpers. Medical consultation is free and a token sum of RM5 is charged for medication which is highly subsidised by the Church funds or donations received from well-wishers. Blood tests can be done at a special discounted rate through the clinic.
The Bercham Metho-dist Clinic has held several health talks and health-screening programmes and will be holding more such events to raise public health awareness among the community.
Apart from medical aid, the clinic also offers legal aid by appointment. Several lawyers have volunteered to provide free legal consultation. So if it is too costly to engage a lawyer for legal problems, anyone can come to the clinic and make an appointment for free legal advice.
The Bercham Methodist Clinic is located at: 21-23 Persiaran Bercham Selatan 19, Taman Bercham Jaya, 31400 Ipoh. Open: Mon & Thurs (except public holidays) from 7-9pm. Enq: Mrs Lau Siaw Ngow 012-6287813 or Steven Teoh 012-5227150