"I was invited by a former work colleague to join the PPG in 2015 and became Chair a year later as I shared concern over the pressures on local surgeries, and the hope that PPGs could assist in some way to share the load – socially and practically, not medically!
We assist as best we can with the outreach offered by the practice, representing patients’ views and encouraging better choices in lifestyle, regular exercise and tackling loneliness – a current scourge. Members of the PPG have helped with patients’ questionnaires, tidying and organising promotional materials in the waiting room, minor repairs to furniture and fittings, and on an annual basis repair the gravel surface of the car park – all things which help to improve patients’ experience."
"I always knew I wanted to do good deeds when I retired, but when the time came I spent a few years enjoying my free time and going on fantastic holidays.
Eventually, I got to the point where I wanted to give back and when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I felt a need to learn more about healthcare, what my rights are and how things work.
Volunteering with the PPG, as well as my local hospice, has given me invaluable knowledge about my GP practice and the wider system which makes me feel more in control of my own health and wellbeing. I also enjoy being able to pass information on to other patients and support our doctors to implement new initiatives. They say you should never stop learning and in this role I never will – I find it really exciting!"