New medical clinic to serve Gurkha community
This month, we were delighted to see our new medical clinic open its doors to Gurkha veterans and widows in Pokhara, one of the busiest cities in Nepal.
The Gurkha Welfare Trust offers a high standard of free medical care in Nepal. We deliver this through our 21 offices across the country, our dedicated mobile medical team and by paying for treatment at trusted hospitals.
The world-class facilities at the new Pokhara clinic form the latest step in our ongoing efforts to provide the highest possible standard of care for Gurkhas veterans and their families. In Pokhara alone, we see an average of 27 patients each day.
Lance Corporal Khes Bahadur Gurung
One of the first patients through the doors of the new clinic is Lance Corporal Khes Bahadur Gurung, a Gurkha veteran and long-term user of our medical service.
“The GWT medical scheme is very useful. I come here around every two months to see the doctors and collect my medication, which is free.”
In over 13 years with the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers, Khes served the British Army in Borneo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and the UK. He is now retired in Ghandruk, a small town in western Nepal.
“The new clinic is very impressive. It’s more modern than the last one. The standard is very good.”
Medical care for Gurkha veterans
In 2015/16, we provided over 110,000 cases of medical care to ex-Gurkhas and their families. We also offered care to wider communities through our free medical camps, which saw nearly 14,000 patients
Nepal’s hilly terrain and lack of national medical service makes delivering healthcare challenging. It is our aim to ensure that all of our beneficiaries are able to easily access our support, even those in remote areas