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Everyone in the practice now has a named GP.  If you are unsure who yours is then please ask at reception, but please remember that you can still see whichever GP you prefer.


Closed Circuit Television is installed at the practice premises for the purpose of staff, patient and premises security. Cameras are located at various places on the premises, and images from the camera are recorded.  The practice follows the recommendations issued by the Data Protection Commissioner in accordance with powers under Section 51 of the 1998 Data protection Act. 

Accessible Information Standard

The Accessible information standard is a new law to make sure that people who have a disability or sensory loss are given information they can easily read or understand.  Please inform us if you have any communication support needs.  

For further information about the standard and a form you can fill in to let us know if you have communication support needs in the column on the right hand side of our website under the Accessible Information heading.

Patient Participation Group – Old Mill and Millgates Medical Practice

commentsThe group was founded in June 2011 with the aim of bringing the patients and practice closer together, striving to offer the best possible service to all patients registered in this practice.  It consists of 15 members of which the following were voted in as:

  • Ray Hollands Chairman
  • Elaine Bounds Secretary
  • Grace Cheese Treasurer

All members are patients of the Practice with about 50% generally attending the Poringland site and 50% at Hempnall.

The group meets on average every two months and holds open evenings when all patients are invited to attend.  Come along to the open evenings to listen to the speakers arranged by the PPG or, in a general open meeting, come along to let us know what you would like from the PPG and Surgery generally. 

New Members

We are always looking for new members.  The group meets between 7:00pm and 8:30pm about every two months.  This time was chosen so that patients working or attending school can come and we start and finish promptly so that carers and parents can arrange cover for that time.  Everyone is welcome and it helps us to have the views of patients from a wide variety of backgrounds.  The meetings are normally in one of the surgeries or a local village hall so there is disabled access.

If you would like to join or just attend one meeting to see what it is like then contact Wayne Rawlings on 01508 492929 to get the date and venue of the next meeting. 

You can learn more about the role of PPG's at  

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Have your say

If you have anything you would like to say to the PPG then please contact them on  you are happy for us to contact you occasionally by email please click the link below to open the sign-up form and complete all the fields.

complete the form Complete the Patient Group Sign-up Form Online

If you prefer, you can download the sign up form as a pdf document, print it out, complete it and return it to the practice.

download the pdf form Download the pdf version of our sign up form

We will be in touch shortly after we receive your form. Please note that no medical information or questions will be responded to.

Many thanks for your assistance


The PPG constitution document can be found here Constitution Document

Next General Meeting

Our next meeting is to be on  October 2019 at Poringland Old Mill Surgery.  All patients welcome.

Carers Awareness and Support Event

Are you a Carer or  Care worker?

If you care for someone young or elderly or you work in the care sector why not come along on Saturday 29th September to Poringland Community Centre between 1.30 and 4.30pm where you will be able to speak to professional groups who will be able to offer help, advice and support.  Meet other carers and share experiences in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Free admission

Stroke Information Evening held on Wednesday 25th October 2017

Another well attended meeting with around 65 attendees, mainly patients but some people from the surrounding villages were also given the warm welcome by our PPG members. 

Dr Maleki opened the evening by discussing strokes from the point of view of the Practice, what signs and symptoms to look for and the importance of acting fast if a stroke is suspected.  He informed us that although the percentage of patients in the practice who had suffered a stroke was small the effect upon the patient and family members and close friends could be devastating.  The work the Practice does in guiding patients in preventing strokes is substantial.

Jane Shmilt, Sister on Dunston Acute Stroke Unit and Pamela McCarthy, Deputy Sister Strokes Alert Nurse at the NNUH talked to us about the signs and symptoms of stroke, the work they do within the hospital and, again, they impressed upon us the importance of acting fast should we ever suspect stroke.  We should not just look for all of the symptoms mentioned in the FAST advertisement, just one could indicate that we are having a stroke. 

John Potter, Professor of Ageing and Stroke Medicine gave a lively presentation describing the two different forms of stroke and the treatments available.  He informed us that although preventative measures a vital there are some genetic traits which, as yet, we cannot avoid.  However, it is still important to be aware.  

There was time allocated at the end for questions which the panel willingly responded to.  

All in all, another great, enjoyable and enlightening evening.

Many thanks to all of the PPG members who prepared this and worked so hard during the evening.

Practice Manager.



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