Coldstream Patient Participation Group (PPG) was created in 1984 and has been a registered charity since that date. It is composed of patients, members of the public, a representative GP, and is serviced by the practice manager. Meetings are held quarterly in the Health Centre.
One of the key aims of the PPG is to identify patient and health-care staff needs in order to deliver the best possible service both within the Health Centre and in the homes of patients out in the community. We then take this forward by engaging in fund-raising activities to meet demands which cannot be met from restricted NHS budgets. Examples of successful fund-raising include the purchase of 3 potentially life-saving defibrillators which have been located throughout Coldstream, ambulatory blood pressure monitors and a bladder scanner which can be used in the patient’s home and so avoid more invasive treatment and a visit to hospital.
We all benefit from the generosity of the community in making these purchases possible. We know that not everyone has time to participate in fund-raising activities but may be able to offer support in other ways. We are keen to encourage young people and people who are working age to participate in the work of the PPG. Please tell us of any changes or improvements within the practice you would like to have considered. Please note that the PPG cannot deal with complaints.
If you would like to volunteer to be a PPG member, or to find out more about the work of the group, please call into the Health Centre and pick up a leaflet or contact Frances Richardson, Chair, Coldstream PPG: or alternatively the Practice Manager, Yvonne Archibald.