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Patient Group take the pressure off surgery with monitor gift


Do-it-yourself blood pressure checks can be done at Cromer's new surgery thanks to the fundraising efforts of a patients' group.


The £1000 machine in the main waiting room has been bought by the Practice's Patient Participation Group (PPG) through events ranging from a dinner to a cake sale, and boosted from a £500 grant from Overstrand Parish Council.


It will enable patients to measure their blood pressure by putting their arm in a sleeve and get a print our of results, to guage againist a chart of target readings - taking pressure off nursing staff who also do the checks.


The machine is the first donation by a new fundraising committee of patients' group led by David Witham. It now aims to raise another £2000-plus to buy two 24-hour blood pressure monitors.


PPG chairman Liz Hewett, said the main PPG role was to represent the 13,000 registered patients to give them the best possible experiance when using its services.


She was re-elected PPG chairman at the recent annual general meeting, with Ruth Page as her deputy. Liz has a background in nursing including at director level in the NHS and with the Royal College of Nursing.


Setting out the aims for the coming year, she said the PPG aimed to carry on raising the profile of the PPG with members volunteering to help at flu clinics, meeting and greeting patients, encouraging them to use them to use the self check-in system, register their mobile phone for messaging, and sign up for online services which enable appointment/cancellation, ordering of repeat prescriptions and access to test results.


The AGM heard the move to the new surgery had been welcomed bt patients and staff, and there were plans to use the building for a range of new health-related services and metings from yoga to support groups.


The PPG is also a sounding board for patient views on services and aims to improve communication between patients and the practice.


Published September 2018

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