Praise for patient group

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THE important role played by the Academy Medical Centre Patient Participation Group has been outlined by the primary care manager of the Angus Community Health Partnership, on the eve of the group’s first major health fair at the medical centre.

Mrs Rhona Guild complimented the PPG for its role in bringing together health professionals and patients, describing the group as a “prime example” of what is being encouraged in putting the patient “back in control” of their own health.

The health fair will run this Saturday 10 am to 1 pm and is not only open to the practice’s patients, but the wider community.

The main participants confirmed to date are the Angus Cardiac Group, Angus Care and Repair, Angus Services Alzheimer’s Scotland, Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centre, Angus Citizens Advice Bureau, Health Eating and Lifestyle, Angus Direct Payment Support Service, Angus Multiple Sclerosis Support Services, Forfar Airways (COPD Support Services) and Angus Long Term Conditions Support Groups.

There will also be displays from Angus Carers Centre and the Angus Community Health Partnership.

The Angus CHP Primary Care Manager said: “This is very much what patient participation groups are about - local communities coming together and taking control of their own health. It is also about helping to drive future service development. We would love to see more health centres having their own PPG and the Academy Medical Centre Group really needs to be commended. NHS surveys show the more avenues and routes there are into the health service, the better. We are happy to support these initiatives wherever possible.”