Today I will deliver my 1000th acupuncture treatment to a wonderful young man called Nurradin Abdi. He has given permission to be named as the ‘lucky’ patient receiving this rather oddball honour and here is a lovely photo of us together. NUDGE’s community acupuncture clinic at Kath Locke Centre is now three years old and treats allcomers, who pay according to their ability. Colleagues question this approach but it has proved remarkably successful and sustainable – drawing 20 to 30 patients a week to the practice. It allows people time to properly recover by continuing to treat those with chronic conditions sometimes over a considerable time. Importantly it attracts local people who would not usually attend acupuncture clinics, and allows us to extend our reach into communities for whom acupuncture is a new experience.
Almost everyone does pay what they can afford, and this includes those with no income whatsoever through to those who willingly pay the full £40 in order to support those less well off. I feel privileged to have been serving this community for three years and ask readers to join me in my hope for three more exciting years with Big Life and the communities of Hulme and Moss Side.
Thanks to everyone who has supported NUDGE through these 1000 treatments!