South Ashford Medic's - Patient Participation Group:
South Ashford Medics has a Patient Participation Group (PPG) which was formed in 2009.
The group were able to support and consult with the management of the Practice throughout the tendering process in 2010, during the management re-structure of 2011 and they continue to date in their significant and valued role. South Ashford Medic's undertook the management of the Practice in December 2011 and greatly appreciate the support and advice that the group have given in these highly challenging months.
We currently have a number of patients registered with interest in being involved with the group. We have endeavoured to ensure that these patients cover a cross-section of the practice population including ethnicity, employment status, age, sex and disability.
The group meet every 6-8 weeks face-to-face with representatives of the Practice to discuss and consult on how to develop the Practice. Some patients prefer to be contacted only by email which we are happy to accomodate. The group advise on patient issues, patient survey outcomes, locality changes and how we can meet the needs of patients and practice alike. They were actively involved in the South Ashford Medic's open day on 10th December 2016 and are planning another open day on Friday 18.08.2017.
As a Practice we continue to encourage interest through the patient survey, at patient registration, posters and the website.
Alongside the PPG consultations with the practice, during 2015/2016 the PPG raised funds to purchase a second 24 hour blood pressure monitor to reduce the waiting time for patient requiring this service. They approached locality projects and the Borough Council and held raffles and this has been a huge success. Already during 2016/2017 the PPG have again raised funds to purchase new Spirometry equipment which is important for diagnosing and monitoring Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD).
The PPG are looking for ideas for 2017/18 - do you have any?
We are very grateful to the PPG for all their hard work and the efforts they have personally put in to make this a success. THANK YOU.
If you are interested in joining, please contact the practice or sign up online - see 'Join our Patient Group' above. Just let us know if you wish to attend meetings or if you prefer to participate by email only.
We are also happy to liase with patients online, which will hopefully allow us to consult with a wide range of patients.
The PPG had a representative from HealthwatchKent in at he last PPG meeting on 15.06.2017 where there was advice and support offered. They are a national charity who seek to influence change in health and social care services in Kent.
You can contact them by:
Phone on 0808 801 0102
Text on 07525 861639
Email on email@example.com
Social media Facebook:hwkent or Twitter:@HealthwatchKent.
The Kent LINk (Local Involvement Network) is an independent network of local people and community groups working together to influence and improve Kent's health and social care services.
Visit http://www.thekentlink.co.uk/ or call on 01303 297050 for further information