Welcome to Windrush Patients’ Groups
Patients Groups? More than one?
Yes indeed – and they are here to help you and to help the Practice as well. Let us tell you more ….
Patient Participation Group (PPG)
The Patient Participation Group (PPG) has been active at the Windrush Practice since 2007. Every patient is a member by right. It is led by the Committee which consists of twelve members. Meeting every six weeks, they help the patients by answering non-medical questions, keeping an eye on the information area and helping the Practice staff whenever appropriate.
The Patient Reference Group (PRG)
The Patient Reference Group (PRG) has been active since 2015 and is purely electronic so that you can keep up to date from the comfort of your own home. Currently we have over 180 members. It is a dynamic group; as soon as there are five interesting things to tell you which involve our Practice and the local NHS, an electronic bulletin is sent. These recently included …
- Notification of events (some really interesting health-related talks, a recruitment day for the Ambulance Service and an opportunity to have your say on local changes to the services in Witney);
- Opportunities take part in surveys – a recent one focused local GP services;
- Queries from you, the patients, about issues such as transport, waste medication, facilities at the practice, etc which we are keen to address.
- Feedback from NAPP (National Association for Patient Participation) which provides useful information from a national perspective.
Our electronic members tell us “A great Bulletin – free of jargon. I like it!” …. “I think it’s great the way you keep us all abreast of useful information in such a friendly manner” … “Thank you for all your work writing these bulletins during the year. I find them interesting and informative.”
So why not join up today. Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be welcomed. (You can unsubscribe at any time, although no-one has so far.)
The PPG also produce a traditional printed newsletter available quarterly in the practice, and also reproduced on the Windrush Medical Practice website.
Our Annual meeting
We hold an annual meeting, usually on a Saturday morning in September, when we enjoy a coffee / tea and biscuits so that you can meet your Committee face to face, hear what has happened in the last twelve months, and maybe hear from a speaker on a topic of the day. Everyone is invited to this and it is advertised in the Practice and on the website and in local venues. Watch this space for our next get-together.