PPG Chairman’s Report January 2015
The PPG committee met nine times during the year and are grateful for the attendances of Kate Hope, Practice Manager, Helen Dodds, Deputy Practice Manager, Dr Abu Chinwala and Dr Mary Wilson.
Another busy year for us. In the week starting 10th February the members took turns helping the patients with the modified patient survey.
On May 28th we held a medical education talk at St. James Church with Dr Eamon King talking on men’s health, particularly prostate problems, followed by Dr Philip Tibbs who talked on thecardiovascular system, both talks being well illustrated. On Thursday 28th October there was a talk on End of Life Planning which was very well attended, given by Dr Kim Shamash, retired geriatric psychiatrist, Dr James Collings Wells, Senior Partner at the surgery and two solicitors, Penny Smith and Andrew Hammond.
Our Constitution requires us to provide medical education talks and it was interesting that many of those present asked what subjects we would deal with next.
October and November saw us helping with the flu clinics at the surgery, which are always very busy, and it is a great help to the doctors and nurses for us to organize the patients and direct them into the next available room for their injections.
The Chairman is a member of the Emsworth Focus Group, comprising representatives of the town organisations and the local councillor, who are purely dedicated to helping with the provision of the new Health Centre as required. They meet regularly with Dr Chinwala for the latest progress on the project. The Chairman also attends the Hampshire Locality Group bi-monthly with Joan Marsh, PPG member. The object is to discuss with other Practice’s PPGs matters of mutual interest and to feed back suggestions to the respective Practices. The meetings are very lively and interesting.
The PPG luncheon club remains very popular for lonely or isolated people who are referred by the GPs.
The luncheon club is very efficiently run by Mary Cliffe aided by Joan Marsh. I do thank them for doing this. As well as Chairman, I act as Treasurer, and Billie Shamash, the Vice-Chairman, also acts as Secretary and cleverly takes the minutes of the meetings.
In October Tony Harris retired from the committee and we thank him for all he has done for us and he is ably replaced by Jennie Kidd.
As another year draws to a close, I would like to thank most sincerely all the committee for their work and dedication and look forward to steady progress on the new Health Centre project.
Jim Strudwick, Chairman.