Beechfield PPG

Beechfield Medical Centre (Spalding, Lincolnshire)
Patient Participation Group Newsletter

Number 1
October 2017


Welcome to the Beechfield PPG's first Newsletter. Our aim is to keep you informed with snippets of information and updates on the Surgery's and our own activities. The PPG's main objectives are published on our web site at, do please have a look - we'd welcome any suggestions for improvement or updates.

Flu Jabs

Flu jabsIf you missed the September dates there is another (possibly final) chance to receive this on Saturday 28th October, 0830-1200. No appointment is needed, just come along and get this done. Flu Vaccinations are recommended for all patients over the age of 65, all pregnant women, and for those (over 6 months of age) in a clinical risk group such as COPD, CKD, CHD, liver or neurological disease, diabetes or those with low immunity, and also for those who are carers.


NAPP LogoThe National Association of Patient Participation (NAPP - Web site) is a group of about 100,000 Patient Participation Groups and is the national voice for patient participation in primary care. Members of the PPG operate with the Patient's viewpoint in mind from the perspective of the PPG, not the perspective of the GP Practice.

Public Patient Involvement.
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are trying to involve PPGs in decision making and give PPGs more of a say in their GP Practices. Under the new inspection system, GP Practices will not be able to receive a grade of outstanding unless the PPG is fully utilised. Meetings have taken place to help move PPGs into a greater role. The Beechfield PPG looks forward to taking an active role to assist the Practice and welcomes input from Patients. You can contact us via our web site 'Contact Us' Page.

Ruth's Literary recommendations

"As an avid reader and member of a book group I read a wide selection of books so each month I will bring a title that I have enjoyed or that has stayed with me long after I have finished the book."

Nothing to Envy Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
I read this several years ago and the memories have stayed with me, it is the story of life in North Korea and the unimaginable horrors of living in a country where you trust no-one - not even family members; where food is virtually unknown and people are reduced to eating grass and weeds. Then the extreme lengths that are undertaken to escape, often ending in death, if you do manage to escape you are immediately recognizable in the new country by your lack of stature and pale colouring. As North Korea is so much in the news today this is an appropriate book to read.
Editor's Note - The book has its own web site Here.

Stoptober and Vaping

Vaping is much safer than smokingFor many smokers the traditional methods (patches, gum, champix, sprays) just don't work. Equally, there are many millions now who have found a near perfect method to stop smoking in the form of Vaping and for the first time, the Stoptober TV advert will mention vaping.

However, for some the technicalities can be a bit daunting (by comparison, it's pretty easy to open a pack of cigarettes), and some High Street shops are more interested in selling expensive kit and large amounts of juice rather than the best solution for a smoker. Not only that, but there is a lot of misinformation and negative propaganda which certainly does not help. Here's a link to a page on the Independent British Vape Trade Association which deals with some of those negative headlines - Click. And for a wealth of information, see this leading web site -

If you or someone you know would like to consider Vaping then please feel free to call Tony Wright on 01775 714303 for unbiased and helpful advice.

Disclaimer: Tony does not speak on behalf of the NHS and has no commercial interests in Vaping!

Stats Corner

The SLCCG (South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group) serves a population of 162,000 with a budget of £230 million and 15 GP practices in the SLCCG area. This year 31 new doctors have joined the practices, supporting the development of Stamford Lakeside (3 practices combining) and the development of the GP Federation (AHSL) Allied Health South Lincolnshire. GPs have given a 5 year forward view to the SLCCG.

That's it

That's it for this month, we hope you found something useful and/or interesting here. If you think you can do better, or would like to contribute, you don't have to be in the PPG - please feel free to contact us via our web site.

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