Patent Participation Group (PPG) Autumn Talk in Association with Emsworth Surgery
Patient Participation Group Chairman's Annual Report January 2017
The Patient Participation Group (PPG) Committee has met nine times during the year. It has been a busy year.
On 25th January 2016 I was invited to speak at the Annual General Meeting of the Emsworth Residents' Association to report on any progress regarding the redevelopment of the EVCH but had little new to report.
On 6th April 2016 we held one of our six monthly Health Education talks given by Nick Brunt a paramedic trainer and contributor to NHS 111. He talked on various first aid and life saving measures to a packed hall at the Brookfield Hotel. He gave a demonstration of how to use a defibrillator.
During October 2016 we participated by rotation in the flu vaccination clinics on Saturday mornings directing the patients into the various rooms maintaining the flow.
On 26th October 2016 we held the second of our talks, this time with speakers from "iTalk" and the Samaritans at the new Baptist Church on the subjects of loneliness, depression and suicidal tendencies and what those organisations can do to help by talking.
The Luncheon Club at the Kings Arms has been held monthly for lonely and isolated patients referred by their GP and is a great success and much enjoyed by those attending. Many thanks to Mary Cliffe as principal organiser.
The provision of a defibrillator for Emsworth Square has proved more difficult than we imagined with many obstacles but, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Emsworth Community Health and Janet Barradell’s persistence, we now have one which will be installed on the outside wall of the Co-Op but, until a lockable box is obtained, is held by the Manager of the Co-op and freely available until 11 p.m.
The next talk on Alzheimer's / Dementia will take place on Tuesday 28th March 2017 at St James' Church by two Consultants, Dr Mark Baxter and Dr Shehram Moghul. The last time Dr Baxter came to speak two years ago the hall was so packed that we had to turn people away. It is such a topical condition that we felt it well worthwhile to repeat it.
It is with great sadness that I have today received the resignation due to her many other commitments of Billie Shamash, Vice-Chair and Secretary. She has served the committee with distinction and wise counsel for a number of years and we will miss her greatly.
I would like to thank the committee most sincerely for all their work and input during the year as representatives of the patients on behalf of the surgery.
Jim Strudwick, Chairman, PPG.
Other Important News
Emsworth Surgery has now affiliated to the N.A.P.P. (National Association for Patient Participation). (http://www.napp.org.uk/)
This will enable our PPG to access specialist help and support ensuring our local Practice benefits from the N.A.P.P. resources and will be of great assistance to us as the changes within the NHS come into effect over the next year or two.