PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP
We have a Patient Participation Group made up of patients, and practice staff who meet at regular intervals to ensure that services provided at the surgery are designed and adapted to respond to patients needs.
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What does a Patient Participation Group do?
The group participates in a wide range of activities that benefit the patients and other worthy causes. Pick up a leaflet from the practice to find out more.
What Can you do?
We welcome new members as well as input from anyone with comments or suggestions about the practice and the services it offers.
You can telephone us on 01303 812237 or put your comments and suggestions in writing and post them or leave them in the suggestion box located in the surgery waiting room (we guarantee a response).
You are welcome to come along to our Open Evening/Annual General Meeting which is held in October each year and is publicised in the practice, on the practice website and in the local press.
You can request a copy of our ‘Terms of Reference’ and minutes of our meetings from the receptionist.
How can you find out what is happening?
Look out for the posters advertising our future events and read about our activities in the practice newsletter and on the practice website.
Health promotion and education
Our first health promotion evening was held on Thursday 12th April 2009 and the subject for the evening was Coronary Heart Disease. Professor Owen, who is a cardiologist, gave a talk about preventative measures and a well known local celebrity spoke about heart disease from a patients point of view.
46 specially selected patients attended the evening. The feedback from these patients was very positive and we therefore arranged a further health promotion evening on Wednesday 13th October 2010.
The second Health Promotion evening was attended by over 50 people from the local area. The event was very successful and focused on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a healthy weight. Speakers included the British Masters swimmer and cross country mountain bike champion Debbie Burton who encouraged the audience to get fit and active.
There was a talk on the East Kent Health Trainer Service which offers free and confidential one-to-one support to help people make positive changes to improve their lifestyle, and an interesting and amusing quiz to test the audience’s knowledge of healthy eating. A prize was presented to the winner which included a generous donation from Debbie Burton. the feed back from the event was very encouraging with a number of people deciding to change their lifestyle.
Our 3rd Event, aimed at ‘people who care for others’ was held at the surgery in June 2011.
For more information about the East Kent Health Trainer Service call 0800 849 4000 (option 3) or go to www.easternandcoastalkent.nhs.uk/healthtrainers.
The Patient Participation Group which has been running since October 2007, and since its formation has increased awareness of health issues with patients. It has also raised in excess of £3,000 to purchase equipment for the surgery.
Earlier this year the group was successful in winning a share of the Department of Health ‘Making a Difference’ fund to deliver two health promotion events. The group hope to organise many more events like this in the future.
For more information on the Patient Participation Group call 01303 812237
If anyone is interested in joining the group, new members would be more than welcome.
Following the Health Promotion Evening, we are pleased to give the following Healthy Life Style Advice:
A healthy lifestyle includes such factors as a healthy diet, regular physical activity, moderate alcohol intake and a sense of mental wellbeing. If you need help to make positive changes in your everyday life, the East Kent Health Trainer Service offers free and confidential one-to-one support call 0800 849 4000 (option three) or go to www.easternandcoastalkent.nhs.uk/healthtrainers or ask a member of our staff for advice. If you are currently inactive, have a medical condition and want more information about the East Kent Exercise Referral Scheme, consult your doctor.
The PPG produce a newsletter on a quarterly basis.
The Spring 2013 Newsletter is available at the Surgery now.