NHS Walsall has issued an invitation to local residents to take part in their Patient Participation Groups. Officials are keen to encourage patients of General Practitioners to make their views on health services known by taking up these new opportunities to communicate with their neighbourhood practice.
Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) have been set up to empower patients by giving them the opportunity to join and talk about any issues and concerns they may have as well as looking at ways to resolve them, though the groups are not complaints forums as such.
A series of PPG meetings are now taking place at local surgeries are open to anyone interested, and are timed as follows:
- Sina Health Centre – 16 February at 11am
- Harden Health Centre (Drs Kaur and Dr Gill) – 16 February at 12pm
- Sai Medical Center (formerly Dr Ray) – 22 February at 6 pm
- Blakenall Meadow and Village Practice – 28 February at 10 am
- Chapel St Surgery – 29 February at 1pm
The groups will help to support practices in achieving their targets and objectives, and to educate patients about managing their health more effectively. Patients will also be helped to get more involved in decisions about the Practice and their own health.
Group meetings normally take place 4 times a year and last for around an hour.
People interested in joining a PPG can approach their GP surgery directly or contact Karen Goldsmith, Involvement Co-ordinator for NHS Walsall via Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01922 618380.