Patient Participation Group – Old Mill and Millgates Medical Practice
The 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.
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
Have your say
If you have anything you would like to say to the PPG then please contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 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.
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.
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