The Barcellos Practice in Ferndown held their PPG meeting which Gill went along to. The group discussed ways of promoting the use of the NHS app to patients and also discussed the use of social media to raise awareness of the PPG. Gill also enjoyed the health talk hosted by the Corfe Castle PPG, this time on bowel cancer and gastroenterology.
Wyke PPG invited MP Richard Drax to visit the practice where he met with staff and PPG members and heard about the challenges GP practices face in recruiting clinical staff and the pressure surgeries face with a growing demand on their services.
The first meeting of the Canford Heath Group Practice PPG went really well with the practice management team providing an excellent update. Gill was so pleased to meet the new PPG members and hear their innovative ideas to take the group forward. Gill also joined the online meeting of the Cranborne Practice PPG where we learned about the PPG’s initiative “SWITCH – taking community health support forward”. A good news case study is to follow, but in the meantime find out more.
Following Jim’s meeting with Nola from Weymouth College’s student health and wellbeing team, Jim and Gill had a great meeting with Lilly from Dorset Youth, exploring ideas on how to get important feedback from youth groups to GP practices.