Croydon – Health Talk – gastric reflux and bloating – Weds 18 May 2016

This meeting has been arranged by the Patient Participation Group (PPG) of Old Coulsdon Medical Practice and will be held on Wednesday 18th May at the Old Coulsdon Congregational Church. Mr Mehra, Consultant surgeon will be speaking at the event.

If you want to attend please contact the surgery on 01737 558288 or the PPG on to help them plan for the event.

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If you are a patient at this surgery, why not join the PPG?

Croydon CCG offer NAPP membership to all Croydon PPGs

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NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are delighted to be able to offer all Croydon based Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) support through the National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP) by funding their membership to NAPP.

Croydon CCG appreciates that this offer has been made in the past and that there have been issues with payment when Croydon PPGs have attempted to sign up but these issues are now fully resolved.

NAPP is a national organisation set up to promote patient participation. They provide support to new PPGs as well as helping existing PPGs to develop through sharing good practice.

NHS Croydon CCG will fund full membership for all Croydon GP practices PPGs for one year so that Croydon PPGs can benefit from NAPP’s expertise.

If your PPG is already a member then the CCG will pay your renewal costs.

All you have to do to join NAPP or renew your membership is to fill out the attached membership form. You do not need to send any payment to NAPP as they will invoice the CCG directly for your membership costs.

Croydon CCG Engagement team say,

“We really value our hard working PPGs and want to help them to develop their work and build on their successes so we really hope that you will take up this offer.”

If you have any questions please contact Croydon CCG.

Download the application form PPG Affiliation form (Croydon).

Twitter: @NHSCroydonCCG

NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group
Bernard Weatherill House
2nd Floor
Zone G
8 Mint Walk
Croydon CR0 1EA

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If you are a member of a Croydon PPG and details are not listed here, please let us know and details will be added.

Healthwatch Croydon’s call to Croydon PPGs

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Healthwatch, set up as part of the Health and Social Care Act, is the independent ‘official patient voice’ across England. Healthwatch finds out what people think of health and social care services, good and bad, and bring this information to managers and commissioners so that services may improve.

As part of their work Healthwatch Croydon routinely monitor GP Practices and currently have around 2,000 items of intelligence about GPs in Croydon.

Healthwatch Croydon would like to know what Patient Participation Groups (PPGS) thinks about their GP Practices, so that your experience forms part of their overall intelligence. In return, as in other parts of London,Healthwatch can provide your PPG with trends analysis reports on request, providing an insight into your Practice’s strengths and weaknesses – issues that could be addressed at PPG Meetings.

If you are on a PPG committee and would like to work more closely with Healthwatch, simply get in touch!

Darren Morgan
Community Analyst
020 8663


Diabetes – Are YOU at risk? A free talk in Purley – Please book a place


It is estimated that more than 3.9 million people (one in 16) in the UK has diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed) which is estimated to rise to five million people by 2025.

The Woodcote Medical Patient Participation Group (PPG) is holding a health talk on


at the Purley Surgery
32, Foxley Lane
Purley CR8 3EE
on Tuesday 13th October 2015
between 7.00pm and 8.30pm

Their guest speaker is Dr Masud Haq BA (Hons) MBBS (Hons) MRCP MD, Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology at the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

This is an opportunity for you to update your knowledge and put your questions to the speaker, Dr Masud Haq, and the Practice staff.

The event is free of charge. Patients at the practice and other local residents are very welcome to attend.

Free refreshments will be available from 6.30pm.

If you are planning to attend it is important to advise the Patient Participation Group at the earliest opportunity by emailing This will not only help them cater for numbers but ensure that you receive any updates e.g. should it be necessary to alter the venue to cater for greater than anticipated numbers.

If you have any queries they can also be sent to this address.

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Parchmore PPG event at Thornton Heath Library – 1 June 2015

This is just one of the events going on during Patient Participation Awareness Week, organised by Parchmore PPG.

Drop into the library on 1 June to participate in this event, contact the PPG for details of  other events or to get involved. Email:

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Croydon’s PPGs and Patient Participation Awareness Week – 1 to 6 June 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 18.33.41Did you know that each GP Practice should have a Patient Participation Group (PPG) to improve services and ensure that the patient voice is heard?  

Not all Croydon GP surgeries do as yet, but Croydon’s Clinical Commissioning Group are keen to promote active patient participation to improve healthcare services. They have committed to covering the cost of affiliating every Croydon PPG to N.A.P.P, the National Association for Patient Participation.

Individual PPGs are not only invaluable for giving feedback and assistance to their local GP Practice but can act as a link to spread information about NHS consultations, meetings and talks, as well as feeding in the patient view on wider issues for those unable to feed in their views directly, via the CCG’s Patient Reference Group, for example.

Each PPG in Croydon is encouraged to link into the Croydon PPG Network.  This is a group established by a group of different PPG members, led by Anne Milstead, who is a member of the Parchmore PPG.

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Has your Practice got a PPG?
You can check our listings at the foot of this post, ask at your surgery or contact the PPG network, who can help you with information about how to set up a PPG for your Practice if one hasn’t yet been formed.

  • PPGs should be self-organised and patient led.
  • They work with the GP Practice.
  • They are not an avenue for pursuing individual complaints.
  • Any registered patient is welcome to join the PPG of a GP Practice.

The CCG has produced the following posters to promote PPGs in Croydon.

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Get involved!

If your GP Practice has a PPG, join it.

If it doesn’t have a PPG, get in touch with Anne and consider setting one up.

Anne Milstead, Croydon PPG Network Co-ordinator email:

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