Your chance to get involved in new patient group in Ripley

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Patients registered at Ripley’s Ivy Grove Surgery can find out more about how they can help get the best service at a meeting at the surgery on Monday 3 December, at 6pm.

Doctors and nurses from the Steeple Drive practice say they are hoping to restart a patient participation group, where patients meet regularly to give feedback and suggest future improvements on care.

And they say they want as many people as possible from the surgery’s books to join the group, who will have a critical role in how their doctors’ practice is run.

Examples of how other patient participation groups work will be given by Claire Haynes, engagement manager from Derby and Southern Derbyshire’s new GP-led group NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who are set to take charge of the local NHS in spring next year.

A brief overview of the context of NHS reforms and how these are shaping up in the local area will also be given.

Charmagne Stephenson, practice manager for Ivy Grove Surgery, said: “Our practice runs for our patients, and we hope to better understand our patients’ views by establishing an active, dynamic patient participation group so that we can shape and improve NHS care at the surgery both now and in the future.

“Given the planned changes to the running of the local NHS, it’s vital that as many people from as broad a demographic as possible come along to this meeting, as we really are at a unique juncture in the NHS’ history where GPs and clinicians will be putting our voice at the heart of the local NHS for the first time ever.”

Patients registered at the surgery should email if they are interested in popping along to the event, or leave their name and telephone number with the surgery on 01773 514130.

The meeting will take place at Ivy Grove Surgery, Steeple Drive, Ripley.