Gill went along to the Wool PPG meeting where the group discussed their Annual General Meeting due in November and the election of officers for the following year. She also hosted the bi-monthly meeting of the North Dorset PPG Chairs Network, always a lively meeting with lots of great discussion and feedback from the PPG representatives in Sherborne, Sturminster Newton, Shaftesbury, Blandford, Gillingham and Stalbridge.
Jim has worked closely with Bridges PPG and practice this month to support them with their research into people who did not attend (DNA) appointments. He helped them create and distribute a survey to people who had recently missed appointments, the results have come back and the practice have created an action plan to present at the next PPG meeting. A template of the questionnaire is now available on our PPG webpage.
Gill attended the Grove PPG meeting in Sherborne where the group discussed the practice newsletter which has been created in collaboration with the PPG, and the support arrangements for the upcoming flu clinics. She also went along to the Barcellos Practice PPG in Ferndown which was formed earlier this year and is proving to be a really well engaged and effective group!
Following the success of PPG organised health talks, Jim and Gill have been talking with other groups about hosting topics such as pre-diabetes, hypertension and the menopause to name a few. If you’re interested in having a health talk at your practice please get in touch!
As many of you will have seen, there is a national campaign at the start of September called ‘know your numbers’ to encourage people to be aware of their blood pressure readings. Jim has been working with Bridges PPG to create a text message to encourage fellow patients to download a blood pressure monitoring app that links to the GP practice, more information will be in the September blog.