BPSPLG has existed through a period of considerable growth by the Practice, especially after its move to the current premises. Our original challenge was to recruit members and despite the large database, the recruitment of active members is still a major challenge. Active members are essential if we are to achieve the aims which have underpinned our existence as a patient group. Our record over the first decade illustrates what can be achieved. The Patient Group was active in campaigning for extended opening hours and more recently, it was instrumental in the retention of an Ultrasound service at the Surgery serving BPS and the wider community. Given all the changes occurring in the provision of health care locally, there is considerable opportunity and indeed need for patient involvement. We are optimistic and look forward to the next decade.
Our major focus in 2019 will be to raise awareness of Online medical services and to work with the Surgery on your behalf to make them more effective for your needs.
If you are a patient and would like to volunteer to help with things such as minute taking of meetings, preparation of refreshments or indeed you would like to just come along to hear what is going on in this practice and the wider NHS, we would love to hear from you. We have recently introduced a scheme of Champions to work on specific activities. At present we are looking for Champions with IT skills or who are prepared to give customer feedback on to work on improving online services, with an interest in online services, heath needs of young families, Carer groups and dementia.
BPSPLG has worked with staff at the Surgery to extend the range of questions raised in the Friends and Family Test and we would value your comments on these topics. Ask at Reception for a copy of the survey to complete. All responses will be acknowledged.
View previous issues of the Newsletter which aims to keep patients informed about national and local health issues and keeps you up to date with Surgery matters.
Do come to Patient Group meetings which are held on the second Wednesday of the Month at Balham Park Surgery, 7pm to 9pm in the Education Room. You will be very welcome.