Patient Participation Group

We are a number of patients from the surgery who, following a request in the Tower House Times, volunteered to form this group. Our aim is to further improve this excellent practice by giving a patient perspective to the way it runs.

The doctors and practice staff want the involvement of patients and recognise that there must have been occasions when you have thought “they could do better”.

I am sure most of us agree the practice runs well because the doctors and staff care.

However we can all help by coming up with some good ideas which can help improve things further. Communication is a real two way process. Use this group as your forum for making suggestions about practice performance and health care.

Would you like to join us? It doesn’t take much time to make a difference.

If you would like to join the group, please complete a Patient Participation Group Registration form.

Improvements that have been made in response to PPG feedback

The following changes have been actioned as a result of our Patient Group’s feedback:

  • Electronic entrance door
  • Changes to the practice website to make it more user-friendly
  • Air Conditioning has been installed in the waiting room areas
  • Creation of 2 new Consulting rooms on the first floor to facilitate more flexibility and additional appointment availability
  • Two self-check-in screens were purchased which have the facility to inform patients when they check-in, if the clinician they are seeing is running late, and how many patients are in front of them
  • Improved communication with patients when clinicians running late – the doctor or receptionist will make an announcement
  • The Automated Telephone Booking System was upgraded in March 2014
  • Television display screens – increased use of these to inform patients about services, wider health care issues/ conditions, advice and sign posting to the appropriate places for care. Upgraded screens announce as well as display the name of the next patient, the doctor and the consulting room
  • Bicycle Rack and Garden bench
  • Redesign of the waiting areas (including new notice boards, leaflet holders and magazine racks)