First report prepared for Edzell PPG

The Patient Participation Group (PPG) for the Edzell Health Centre is holding its first Annual Open Meeting on Tuesday, March 17.

The meeting will be held at the Edzell Health Centre, starting at 7pm. Everyone who is a registered patient of the Health Centre is encouraged to come along and learn more about the work of the PPG.

The PPG was established almost two years ago, to enable the staff of the practice to engage with a small group of patient representatives, as part of the practice’s quest for continuous improvement in the relationship between staff and patients and services provided.

Anne Taylor, chairwoman of the PPG, said: “Being a small rural practice, Edzell has historically been able to offer a more personal service to patients than many larger urban health centres.”

The PPG has an indicative membership of between 10 and 12 patients. At the moment, there is space for one or two extra members, and the PPG is keen to encourage new members who can represent the younger adults and families on the practice’s list.

Anne added: “It would be good if some younger folk come along to the open meeting and are willing to put their names forward for membership. They will be able to reflect more accurately the kinds of service that they need.”

Membership of the PPG is voluntary. The main expectation is that members will attend four meetings a year at the health centre, in March, June, September and December, starting at 7.00pm and finishing by 8.30. No special knowledge or experience is required, apart from a willingness to work with the staff of the practice and other members for the greater good of all the patients of the health centre.