Have your say on running of health services in Erewash

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Patients in Erewash are being encouraged to have a greater say in how health services are being run by joining a Patient Participation Group at their GP practice.

NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group and members of PPG groups are calling on more patients to become involved during National Patient Participation Week, next week. A short walk has been organised by PPG members in Erewash to raise awareness of the benefits of joining. The walk starts from Littlewick Medical Centre, Nottingham Road, Ilkeston at 10am on Thursday, June 4.

People can also find out more about joining their local PPG group and meet PPG members at Long Eaton Library on June 1 and 3 and Ilkeston Hospital on June 2 and 5.

Pam Watson, lay member at NHS Erewash CCG, said: “It’s important that patients are involved in decisions not just about their care, but in designing better care for others. So we are encouraging our patients to join with us in helping to shape and improve health services by becoming a member of their local PPG.”

Fiona Kilpatrick, a member of the The Old Station Surgery PPG in Ilkeston, said: “The groups are a great way to get involved in issues that affect you, your family and those you care for in partnership with your local GP practice. The PPG at Old Station Surgery is making a difference as they meet once a month at the GP practice with the practice manager and the senior GP partner. The practice and the patients work together with a shared goal to put patient views at the heart of everything they do.”