My first Magazine - Page 23

When is a doctor really a doctor? “When you have used your training to give back to the community” Dr Lee muses. He should know. After all, the family physician has been giving back to St Joseph’s Home since it started operating in 1978 in Gek Poh, Boon Lay. “At that time, I had just graduated and was very ambitious. My own GP clinic was barely up and running and I wanted to do more. So I enquired if St Joseph’s Home needed help. It was just opposite my clinic. They said no. Later, one of the nuns heard about my enquiry and said they could use some help. I told them ‘you can contact me anytime, even after office hours’.” Dr Lee Chang Long, who’s now in his 70s, ended up visiting the home every week, seeing about 10 residents each time, “for acute episodes like fever and chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol” he said. Almost all the residents then were mobile and in relatively good health compared with the current cohort who are mostly bed- or wheelchair-bound. In between his visits, the home would also send residents to his clinic. CHAMPION IMPACT INVESTOR DR LEE CHANG LONG St Joseph’s Home | 21