Catholic Charities of Arkansas
Westside Free Medical Clinic
Provides free medical services to those unable to obtain basic family practice health care
The Westside Free Medical Clinic serves people 18 years and older who are unable to afford routine health care. Professional volunteers provide screenings, limited primary care and health-related education. Health care providers are available most Wednesdays and one Tuesday evening a month at 5 p.m. Spanish interpreters are available. Services are by appointment only.
Our patients are treated with respect, love and care by volunteer medical professionals. Pharmacy services are available to established clinic patients only. In addition, Westside is one of the only free clinics in central Arkansas that offers services specifically in Spanish to assist Arkansas’ growing Hispanic population. The clinic frequently conducts prevention and awareness workshops to encourage patients to play an active role in their own health and well-being.
English-speaking patients are seen on Wednesday evenings. Appointments are necessary. Please call (501) 664-0340, ext. 356 to make an appointment. For more information, download the clinic's brochure in English (PDF file).
Spanish-speaking patients are seen on the first Wednesday and last Tuesday of each month. Appointments are necessary. Please call (501) 664-0340, ext. 335 to make an appointment. For more information, download the clinic's brochure en español (PDF file).
2000 Aldersgate Rd.
Little Rock, AR 72205
Little Known Facts
- Westside Free Medical Clinic is the oldest free clinic in the Diocese of Little Rock.
- It was founded in 1970 and has adapted to changing health needs of the community.
- In 2002, a clinic for Spanish-speaking patients was established with bilingual professionals and interpreters.
Medical Clinic Expands Services in Little Rock
The Westside Free Medical Clinic is now offering a monthly dermatology clinic out of the McDonald Center at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. On Nov. 15, on the same evening as the dermatology clinic, the clinic also began offering diabetic eye examinations. As diabetes advances, blindness can develop. With a proper and thorough examination, the developing condition can be identified early before there is permanent vision damage. Catholic Charities of Arkansas is benefiting from the generosity of Our Lady of the Holy Souls parishioner Dr. Jerry Shue, who donates his time, expertise, and, with help from Jack Stone, provides the equipment needed to conduct the examinations. To schedule an appointment, call the clinic
In addition to these new services, clinic director Karen DiPippa and program specialist Flor Lopez have been working with the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock. Lopez represented the clinic at the Binational Health Fair at the consular offices last October. The Binational Health Fair was a one-stop resource for immigrants to obtain appointments with the consulate and also offered flu shots, health screenings and provided health information. DiPippa and Lopez have been invited to join the advisory committee to assist the consulate regarding health issues and in planning next year's event.