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What is a PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP?  It is a Government initiative for patients to have more involvement and choice in their healthcare.  As a result of this initiative a network of Patient Participation Groups has been formed throughout the country.

The WHEATHAMPSTEAD PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP (WPPG) was started in April 2008 as a partnership between the patients and the doctors of the Village Surgery:

  • Enabling a dialogue between doctors and patients to improve the quality of service provided and to help shape future policies of their Village Surgery
  • Arranging Health Talks.  Over the past 4 years subjects covered have been: CHILDREN’S ALLERGIES, OSTEOPOROSIS, CARDIOLOGY, OBESITY, HIP PROBLEMS AND REPLACEMENTS, GYNAECOLOGY AND OBSTETRICS, UROLOGY, DEMENTIA, ST FRANCIS HOSPICE – TERMINAL CARE, DIABETES, UNDERSTANDING AND USING YOUR PHARMACY, and UNDERSTANDING THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
  • Reaching out to the community by providing a MINI HEALTH FAIR in the Mead Hall, East Lane, with St John’s Ambulance demonstrating CPR; a Surgery Doctor taking blood pressure and BMI; a Specialist Dietician  outlining salt and sugar quantities in a typical day’s food intake and advising on healthy diets
  • Providing 3 weekly 1-hour sessions on physical fitness on Tuesday afternoons.  These sessions are lead by a Physiotherapist and highly qualified Pilates teacher (with all equipment provided)

These are  some  of  the objectives we have achieved in the past 5 years which we aim to increase.   We have  an active Committee comprising: Chairman, Treasurer, Events Secretary, Newsletter Editor (published 4 times annually), Minutes Secretary, a Dietician, two Nurses, two Village Surgery doctors and the support of the Manor Pharmacy.

The WPPG needs funding and Wheathampstead residents are invited to become Members at a cost of  £5  per year per household.  This small fee contributes  to our administration costs. 

Members are able to attend events, free of charge (non-members can attend but at a cost of £2.50 each).  Application Forms for WPPG membership can be downloaded for completion under ‘JOINING’ and are also obtainable from the Village Surgery (next to the red WPPG box on the wall outside the Nurse’s room).  There is a WPPG Noticeboard next to the red box and forms are available in a pouch on the right-hand side of this Noticeboard.  Complete the WPPG Membership form, adding £5, and ‘post’ in the red box.  If convenient, it would be appreciated if annual payment could be by Standing Order (complete the right-hand side of the Membership form and post in the red box).