People registered with a Dorset GP practice are being encouraged to find out more about how they can help influence health services in their community.

Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) work in partnership with GP practices and allow patients to contribute their views, make suggestions for improvements or get involved in events.

Two information events are being held during May where people can speak to staff and PPG members from across the area, find out more and get their questions answered. There will also be short presentations from local GP, Dr Simone Yule and the LiveWell Dorset team.

Frances Aviss is Engagement Lead with NHS Dorset CCG. She said “PPGs have been around for nearly 50 years now, and along with being a way of giving views and feedback on how services are run in their local area many people find them a good way to meet new people, give something back to their local community and gain experience which could prove valuable for the future. There are no limitations to who can join and we would particularly like to hear from people who may be taking a year out before University, have young families or maybe have some innovative ideas which could help out their local practice.”

Events take place as follows:

  • Kinson Community Centre – Wednesday 8 May, 2pm – 4pm
  • St Mary’s Primary School, Blandford – Thursday 9 May, 6pm – 8pm

For more information, call 07980 751520 / 07766 924612 or email.

To book a place visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PPGEventsMay2019

The work of PPGs from the Lilliput Surgery in Parkstone and The Bere Regis surgery are available via Our Dorset.