YAXLEY HEALTH CENTRE PATIENTS' ASSOCIATION
YPA has been in existence for more than 30 years and has acted as a critical friend to (Yaxley Group Practice) YGP on behalf of the practice patients. In addition, with the support of patients, YPA has raised considerable amounts of money to purchase extra medical equipment for the benefit of patients using YGP.
The Association has reached a point where, in its current form, it is no longer tenable and cannot provide the financial support to secure the services of our Librarian who is based at the Practice. It is with much regret therefore that the committee of YPA has decided that the Association will go into a holding mode until the finances are exhausted and at that point will be wound up. We would like to express our thanks to all those who have worked hard over the life of YPA to make the Association such a great success. Special thanks must go to Pat Thomas, Liz Whitehouse and Linda Smith who have acted as our Librarians and have worked tirelessly on behalf of patients.
Once the YPA has been wound up if the practice patients want to keep a voice in YGP then it will be necessary to form a Patient Participation Group (PPG). This is the normal form of ‘patient voice’ in the primary care part of the NHS and such groups exist in many local GP practices, these groups do not fund raise but act as an interface between patients and the healthcare professionals to ensure that patient rights are protected.
If patients wish to continue to donate to the practice for the benefit of patients they can continue to do so.
If you are interested in being part of a PPG please contact Linda Smith (to the end of February) or Peter Leaton on 07780915266.
Peter Leaton – Chairman Yaxley Health Centre Patients Association
As a result of this closure, the Patient Librarian Role and service currently carried out by Linda Smith, will also sadly cease on the same date. From the 1st March 2017, Yaxley Group Practice Staff and Partners will be signposting Patients and all users of the Patient Librarian Services, to external providers/sources. Yaxley Group Practice is currently putting together a Fact Sheet of these services and contact details and this will be available to all Patients from 1st March 2017.
Linda has accepted a new role at Yaxley Group Practice following this closure but she will be moving into a new Administrative role supporting the Finance and Facilities, HR and Business Operations Teams.