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Thursday 10th September 1:30pm till 3:30pm
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Why bother with a patient group?

Our aims are

Firstly, to support the practice to deliver the best service it possibly can

We work closely with the practice . We talk to them if we have any ideas about how we think things might be improved. We also report back if patients have concerns over any aspect of the running of the practice. We also say "Thanks” when things are going well!

A Doctors’ representative and the practice manager usually attend our meetings so we can have good discussions. If the practice is thinking of implementing changes they will where possible discuss them with us first. They may ask us to "trial” some services before they go live.

Secondly, we are also working to promote good health both for patients in the practice and the wider community.

In the practice, we ask patients what they would like to know more about. Then we try to organise information talks or sessions where we can all learn how to look after ourselves better.

The most recent session was an evening meeting entitled "Understanding your blood test results”. Ingrid Brindle explained how to access blood test results & Dr Hannan spoke about how to understand the results

Previous topics have included Asthma in Children, CPR (staying alive Vinny Jones style), heart arrhythmia, health improvement, what is self-care & many more. We are very keen for anyone to suggest a topic they think is of interest

In the wider community, we are working with other patient groups in the area towards common goals or areas of concern.

We are also keen to make sure that the patient voice is heard by the decision makers. We ensure that we provide feedback on local services & consult with the Clinical Commissioning Group. These are the people who spend our money to provide healthcare services.

We also want to have a say as far as possible in decisions that affect us nationally so we contribute to the debate whenever we can.

How do we organise what we do?

We have a main "strategy” group that meets usually once a month. We have divided ourselves into teams so that work can go on anytime & suits people who can’t get to meetings or who don’t like meetings. These teams report back to the main group.

Teams at the moment are:

FOOD BANK………To collect contributions of  food. There is a box in reception, please give if you can! We also want to make sure that any of our families who are struggling and are eligible get help. Leaders, Sue Edwards & Eric Bynon

WORKSHOPS……….We can provide help for you to access your records and understand them too (alongside what the clinicians in the practice do). Afterall we are patients too and have learned a few tricks along the way that we can share with you. Get in touch on thornley.house.ppg@gmail.com (but please do not send any personal medical information as we are not qualified to advise on that).

LIAISON & COMMUNICATION………. To work with other patient groups in the area on local or national concerns. To make sure that patients are listened to when our money is being spent by the CCG & other bodies. Leader Bill Burgoine

SELF CARE WEEK…….. We want patients to remember that they make lots of choices every day that impact on their health. National Self Care Week is in November and we will be having a stall in the Clarendon Centre giving out information (not advice!) about ways we can help ourselves to a healthier life. There will also be nursing students from Manchester Metropolitan University in Morrisons all week promoting some of the ways to make good choices. Leader Marilyn Gollum

IT TEAM……….to help with all aspects of technology wherever we need it, monitoring the PPG emails & distributing information. Leader Dominic Sexton

HEALTH PLEDGE…..is doing well and spreading fast. The idea is for us all to look at the health choices we make every day. Then choose one thing we can improve and pledge to stick to the change. It's as easy as that!Visit the website and pledge www.healthpledge.co.uk or fill in a slip in the waiting room.

Some of the pledges so far include

To swim every week
To use the stairs, not the life
To de-clutter
To sit in the peace garden
To stop buying snacks
To join the choir
To walk one mile five times a week
To stop smoking
To cut out take aways
To drink wine only at weekends

What will yours be?

Leader Ingrid Brindle

We are hoping to get more teams going in the future…………Phew!

Do you have something you are keen to promote? Why not come along to a meeting or form a team yourself

We are a very friendly, informal bunch & will give you all the support we can.

If you have any ideas for us, things you would like to raise or would like to support anything we are doing then please let us know……………

The patient Participation group is open to every patient registered with the practice

If you would like us to send you information about what we are doing then please send us your email address

Our email address is thornley.house.ppg@gmail.com

There is a noticeboard above for current information

Warm Regards,

Ingrid Brindle (Chair of the PPG),  

Bill Burgoine  (Vice Chair)

Marilyn Gollom (Secretary)


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