AshLea Medical Practice PPG Autumn 2017 Newsletter.
Two exciting events to tell you about today.
The first is the AGM and Open Meeting on Thursday, 19th April - 7.30pm at St Michael's Church Hall, The Marld, Ashtead. We are very pleased to say that our guest speaker will be Claire Richards, a local resident, from the Red Cross. It will be an interactive evening and we will be finding out the work done by the Red Cross, some of which we may know about but I am sure there will be much we don't.
Please put the date in your diary to come along to support both the PPG and the Red Cross.
Secondly, on the 8th September 2018 at the Peace Memorial Hall (all day!) we are planning to hold a Family Health Day. We are currently at the early planning stages but we are hoping this will be a helpful and fun event for everyone with the aim of helping us all to have happier and healthier lives. Please keep an eye out for further news during the year and we do hope, again, you will show your PPG your support.
News Flash (June 2017)
Good news! Ashlea Medical Practice PPG has won the prestigious Corkill Award from the National Association of Patient Participation Groups.
This is a nation wide competition and their entry was considered the best and hence they were named as Best PPG for 2017.
Well done to all concerned.
Please read this document regarding car parking problems at the Linden House, Leatherhead Practice.
FEBRUARY 2017 - THE ASHLEA MEDICAL PRACTICE PPG - GETTING INVOLVED!
Three years ago I was having my evening meal when the telephone rang. It was Dr Lowes asking me to become Chairman of the PPG. To say this was unexpected would be an understatement as it was something I had never thought of or wanted. Somehow I could not say no and here I am today!
Initially, I started with some trepidation and wondered what I had let myself in for but it has turned out to be a most rewarding and interesting exercise – something I would not have missed.
I had two initial concerns. Firstly my complete lack of clinical experience and knowledge; secondly, my fear that a PPG was just a “talking shop” where nothing would be achieved. I could not have been more wrong on both counts. In actual fact, I found lack of clinical knowledge an advantage – it has helped see some of the issues more clearly from a patient's point of view and besides, the Practice has all the clinical experience necessary and needs help from its PPG in areas where it does not have the expertise.
Most of our work is done outside the monthly meetings - the meetings (2 hours per month) being where we report back on progress made, agree and allocate new projects and decide on priorities. The meetings are very focussed and are far removed from a general moan or a talking shop!
We believe, in the past couple of years, we have achieved much and helped the Practice move forward. On behalf of the Practice, we have produced patient guides and leaflets, represented patient views on various NHS & SDCCG reviews of their services, lobbied MPs and local Councillors on car parking problems, the withdrawal of phlebotomy services, produced and published the Practice Newsletter and where appropriate, made recommendations to the Practice on various issues such as the appointment system.
We believe we have made a difference and for me personally, its been most fulfilling. We have built the basis of a strong foundation for the PPG to move forward. My three years as Chairman will end in March 2018. A number of other PPG committee members will also have completed a three year term and be required to step down.
As a result, we are looking for replacements not just for a new Chairman but also new Committee members. If you are interested, and I hope you are, I am sure you will find it most interesting and worthwhile. Please think about it – it would be such a shame for your PPG to lose its way now.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Ashlea Medical Practice PPG Chairman
AshLea Medical Practice Patient Participation Group
Do you often wonder where to look for help and advice?
At the request of the AshLea Medical GP's, the Patient Participation Group has produced a Signposting leaflet to help point you in the right direction. Please ask your GP or the Receptionist for a copy.