GPs Patient Participation
- Patient Participation Groups in your surgery
GP surgeries in Brighton and Hove are asking their patients to join a ‘Patient Participation Group’ (PPG). This is a chance for patients to be involved in how their GP surgery runs, and help GPs and staff make decisions and changes.
Most GP surgeries in the city have a group; some groups meet in person, and others communicate by email. For both types of groups, it is about asking for patients’ views and getting them involved in the place where they are most likely to go for their healthcare.
It’s really important that PPGs have as wide a range as possible of patients involved and include those with an interest in mental health as well as physical health issues; if you are interested, ask your GP or Practice Manager at your surgery. It’s not about giving lots of time up; it’s about getting your views and opinions heard and helping the surgery to be as responsive to the needs of its patients as possible.
GP Chair Xavier Nalletamby says “It’s been really valuable in my practice to have the feedback of patients and we are already making changes. It’s early days but I am amazed at the enthusiasm of our patients.”
Contact your surgery to find out details about their PPG and further details about how to join.