Sunday, 23 September 2018

Patients enouraged to help their GP practices

PATIENTS are needed to help support GP surgeries in the Henley area.

PATIENTS are needed to help support GP surgeries in the Henley area.

The issue has been highlighted as part of Patient Participation Group Awareness Week, which ends tomorrow (Saturday).

Patient participation groups work informally with practice staff to help improve GP services and learn about how the NHS works. Some groups have regular meetings while others comment on plans by email. Member do not need any experience.

Louise Wallace, lay member for public and patient involvement at the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Patient participation groups are crucial as they can influence how decisions about patient care are made.

“They also enable GPs to keep track of what works and what doesn’t at their practices and to make changes for the better. If you want a say in the way your health services are delivered, getting involved with your practice’s PPG is a great place to start. This is important because surgeries are keen to ensure PPGs represent their practice population.”



Jeremy Hutchins, who chairs the Goring and Woodcote Surgery’s PPG, has been a member since 2007. During this time, the group has supported the practice’s annual flu clinics and encouraged more patients to use electronic records.

He said: “I have seen the PPG grow in size and effectiveness during this time. We now have nearly 200 members and a core committee of 12 providing support and advice to practice GPs and staff. We are greatly valued by the practice.

“I would strongly encourage anyone who wants to further improve health services to join a PPG — it has given me a great deal of satisfaction knowing we are making a difference to patient care.”



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