The PPG have been busy as usual during the year.The Committee have met 9 times, as is usual. Many topics have been discussed, especially the proposed move to Redlands Grange to the North of Emsworth, to enlarge the present surgery which is far too small for current and future needs.
A new premises will provide more and bigger consulting rooms and much greater parking space both for staff and patients than is available on the present or any other site available in Emsworth. The process is ongoing and the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary and other committee members have attended various meetings to explain the situation to worried patients who feel that they cannot travel the extra mile from the centre of Emsworth. I have stressed the importance of additional transport availability to the new centre (which has a bus stop outside) either by revising the routes of the very good local bus service (Emsworth and District Motor Services) and/or the provision of a voluntary Minibus to the new centre, which should also take patients to Oak Park Medical Centre in Havant, as this is also difficult to get to being somewhat out of the way for those without their own transport.
We continue to arrange half-yearly Health Education Talks which are always well attended. On the 28th March 2017 we had a fascinating talk on Dementia/Alzheimer’s diseases by two Consultants from Southampton who talked on the diagnosis and management both in the hospital environment and in the community. Members of the surgery attended and many questions were asked and answered. On 27th September our good friend and retired Paramedic, Nick Brunt, gave another talk on first aid in the home including strokes, heart attacks, sepsis, stings and scalds.
The Chairman and Vice-Chairman attend the South Hampshire Locality Meetings at which members of PPGs share problems common to other surgeries. The Luncheon Club for lonely or isolated patients continues on one Wednesday a month at the King’s Arms and is well attended. People love coming out for a jolly chat and a meal.
We continue to act as Marshalls at the flu clinics. In October - the one helped with - over 900 patients attended on a Saturday morning! One unusual event we helped to organise took place on Friday 8th December 2017 called National Elf Day to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society at which the PPG dressed as elves and ran a tombola with generous gifts given by local traders which raised £446. We would like to express our thanks to all of those traders who kindly donated gifts.
I would like to thank all members of the PPG for their never failing support and enthusiasm and to the surgery management and doctors for their advice and cooperation.
Jim Strudwick, Chairman, Emsworth PPG