St. Stephen's House Medical Practice - PPG

See Page headed "Have your say on Community Hospital services" which has details of a public consultation regarding the local Community Hospitals in the area. The web page has details on how to take part in the consultation plus details of the public drop-in events.

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In the first week of June, The National Association of Patient Participation Groups (NAPP) promoted “Awareness Week” for patient participation groups all over England. St. Stephen’s House Surgery PPG was active during the week. Members manned the surgery, chatting to patients and giving out leaflets which invited them to provide their e-mail addresses to the Group. This will enable the PPG to keep them up to date regarding events at the surgery while giving them an opportunity to provide views on any aspect of the surgery’s services. The response from patients was very positive and about 100 signed up for membership of the extended group. A newsletter will be distributed to the “E-Group” very soon.

The Patient Participation Group thinks of itself as the “Friends of St Stephen’s House Surgery”, and it aims to help the Practice in any way it can. Its first fund-raising venture raised £1,200 for the purchase of an additional continual heart monitor, and many patients have benefitted from this since it was bought. The Group also runs a bookstall in the surgery and raises income for its activities, and patients are encouraged both to donate and buy.

The Group will be helping surgery staff on ‘flu vaccination days which are scheduled for 26th September and 10th October. You are reminded that, if you are eligible, you should book a slot for your vaccination as soon as possible.

St Stephen’s Surgery is now involved with the student GP training scheme in association with St George’s Hospital, and you may be asked to allow the student to sit in on your consultation with your GP. It is, of course, perfectly acceptable for you to refuse this option should you wish to do so.

We will be having our AGM on 21st October 2015 at 7.30 p.m. for 8.00 p.m., in the Peace Memorial Hall. The Pharmacist from Buckley’s Pharmacy (Abdool Kureeman) will give a talk on “The role of the community pharmacist in primary care”. It is hoped that the new Pharmacist from Lloyd’s Pharmacy, Craddock’s Parade, will be introduced, assuming one has been appointed by then.

If any patients of the surgery would like to join the wider e-mail group, please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. We are particularly keen to include younger people, carers, and anyone with disability.

Patricia Wiltshire
PPG Committee Member