Story by Graham Jones
This year has seen the 70th Anniversary of the NHS. On 6th July, the Patient Participation Group (PPG) at Pitsmoor Surgery held a birthday celebration in the surgery’s reception.
Apart from food and drinks, patients and staff were offered information about the NHS and were invited to join and support the Patient Participation Group which meets monthly and discusses how to improve the patient experience.
Linda Jones, Chair of the PPG, said:
“I have been a patient at this practice for over thirty years, during which time the staff here have helped me and my family through a range of health problems. I regard my involvement in the PPG as a way of giving something back. Membership of the PPG needs to be more diverse to reflect the patients at the practice, so we would really like to see some more young people and men becoming involved.
“Today we are celebrating our NHS, and this event gives us the opportunity to thank and praise the staff here at the practice who go way above the call of duty. But we are also fighting to defend the future of the NHS.”
Carrie Hedderwick, a more recent member of the PPG, added that “the current situation where the government is underfunding the NHS and putting many services out to private companies means that we could end up with a US-style system where individuals have to take out insurance to cover their health costs. Already NHS England plans to exclude certain treatments, meaning that patients will be given the choice – go private or do without. Copies of the Health Campaigns Together quarterly bulletin are available at the surgery on request. Do please consider joining the PPG or Sheffield Save our NHS. Together we can make a difference.”