Graphic Clinic, MedGraph open to public

BY: Joshua Bediako Koomson
Graphic Clinic, MedGraph open to public
Graphic Clinic, MedGraph open to public

The Graphic Clinic and MedGraph Compound Pharmacy and Laboratory, subsidiaries of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), have opened their services to the general public with a promise to provide quality healthcare delivery with a high hospitality service for clients.

The facilities run a regular clinic, has a well-stocked pharmacy and a well-equipped laboratory, and also provide a digital X-ray, ultrasound, electrocardiogram (ECG) and eye treatment.

Located on the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, the Graphic Clinic — together with MedGraph — will provide a full range of medical laboratory services towards the proper diagnosis and management of various medical conditions.

Compound pharmacy

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, the President of MedGraph Compound Pharmacy and Laboratory, Dr Kojo Sackey, said the facility had been set up to provide the missing link to quality healthcare delivery in the country.

He said the compound pharmacy, which was relatively new in Ghana, would offer services such as pain management, dermatology, paediatrics and hormone replacement therapy.

Dr Sackey explained that compounding was often required for medical reasons, noting that some patients required a particular non-essential ingredient to be removed from their medication to prevent an allergic reaction.

Others, he indicated, also required compounded medication to acquire an exact dosage amount that was unique to their own personal needs.

“MedGraph, which is licensed by the Food and Drugs Authority and the Pharmacy Council of Ghana, will provide patients with pharmaceutical products that have been customised to fit their own unique needs when standard marketed drugs fail to do so,” Dr Sackey explained.

He also said the pharmacy was capable of converting medications into different forms for easier administration.

“For example, if an elderly or paediatric patient has difficulty taking their medication in capsule form, we can provide the same medication in a cream-base form to allow the patient to apply the medication topically or in a syrup or solution form. We can also change the taste and colour of medications to make it more palatable and aesthetically appealing to patients, especially children,” he added.

Dr Sackey said the facility took into consideration all the pharmaco-dynamics and ensured that patients were counselled on how to take their drugs before they left the facility.

Innovative, dynamic

The Resident Medical Officer of the facility, Dr Jacqui Barnes, said the facility was positioned to be innovative and dynamic in the provision of medical care services with strict adherence to professional and ethical standards.

She said it offered primary and secondary out-patient and in–patient health care services, as well as general and specialist medical care.

The facility, Dr Barnes also assured, would address the main health problems in the community by providing promotive, preventive and curative services for clients.

Graphic Clinic

Though the Graphic Clinic was set up to serve the medical needs of staff of the parent company and their dependents, the GCGL had over the years used it to provide health screening services for its community as part of its corporate social responsibility.

Most of the beneficiaries have required follow up treatment after the health screening exercises and it was a result of this that the idea was born to make the clinic well equipped and open to the general public.