Patients are encouraged to have a say on how their local GP surgery services by signing up to their Patient Participation Group (PPG).
PPGs are a forum for patients to communicate with their GP practice and offer patients the opportunity to put forward their views and suggestions. They meet regularly to decide ways of making a positive contribution to the services and facilities offered by the surgery to its patients. Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group wants more patients to get involved and help improve the delivery of health services, as well as make a difference to their local community.
Patient Participation Groups are made up of volunteers interested in healthcare issues and can include members of practice staff. Virtual Patient Participation Groups also exist for individuals who are unable to attend regular meetings but keen to be involved in a patient group to have their say on healthcare services.
Become a Member of a PPG
All GP practices across Blackpool have a PPG. Even if you are not able to attend many meetings your GP practice may have a Virtual PPG which you could get involved with and let your views and opinions known by email.
To join a PPG, or for more information simply ask at your GP practice.