We have had a Patient Participation Group (Friends of Brownhill Surgery) for several years.
We are aware that the group membership is not representative of the practice population and therefore we would like to know if patients would be interested in joining a ‘virtual’ group. If you are interested please see the previous page-‘Get Involved’.
This means ideas and suggestions could be made and discussed without physically meeting. Please let us know if you are interested.
The current group has 10 members. All caucasian and aged between 35 and 80 years old. Despite verbal invitation from clinical staff, advertising in the surgery and details of the group in the practice brochure the membership remains the same.
The group is expected to have an action plan detailing changes to practice services that would improve the patient experience. The plan is derived from discussion of the results of the practice survey. The practice survey can be viewed on the following page, overall there were no suggestions of how to improve services.
In the past, the group organised a Dementia Awareness Event. The purpose of the event was to help people understand about the different types of dementia and the current treatments that are available. A presentation was given by one of the local consultant psychiatrists. There were also representatives from various agencies including Age UK, Rapid Assessment Team and Health & Wellbeing.
Overall, the event was a success. 70 people from the local community attended.
The Patient Participation Group also organised their second event which was based around Cancer Awareness. The aim of the event was to highlight signs and symptoms of cancer. We also had a consultant radiologist present, Dr Mike Kirby, who delivered a presentation on the latest cancer treatments available. There were also representatives from the community nurse team, East Lancashire Hospice, Age UK, Health & Wellbeing and local care agencies there to offer support and advice.
Overall, this was another success event, with over 50 people from the local community attending.
The presentation given at the event can be viewed by clicking on the link below:
Cancer Awareness Presentation (requires PowerPoint)
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