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Residents Association MagazinearrowSummer 2001 - 22

Friends of the' Hadleigh Practice

In 1995 as the momentum nationally was growing for Practices and their Patients to form support groups specifically for the benefit of both groups, The Hadleigh Practice Partners discussed this as a possibility for them and "seconded" a number of likely volunteers among their patients to discuss the idea.

To their credit The Friends were born!

The constitution gives as its "AIM": To maintain good Doctor/Patient and Patient/Staff relationships by assisting Doctors, Patients and Staff as required.

From the outset the main targets were to increase understanding between all parties, to attempt to educate everyone to the needs of each group and to raise funds for equipment or services within the Practice. Each of these aims has been addressed with success.

One of the first needs of patients was seen as the quality of "Out of Hours Services" as the Practice had recently joined a deputising scheme. Members of the Committee sat in the waiting rooms and patiently went through a questionnaire with as many waiting patients as possible. The results reported back to the Partners were supportive and in turn the Partners were able to make comments to the suppliers of the deputising service.

Several Partners have given talks to the Friends on a variety of medical topics ranging from asthma to diabetes, backache and organ donation and replacement. In the last two years or so Poole Hospital nursing and consultant staff have been invited to address the Friends and now that we are much better at the advertising of these meetings they have become very successful and very informative. The next meeting will be in September in Corfe Mullen Village Hall with Asthma as the subject.

Fund raising has been very successful although not intended to be the raison d'etre of the Friends. Many items have been purchased from a baby changing unit at Hadleigh House, a comfortable armchair for each surgery, a glass trolley for the Nurse's room and special ear thermometers one for each Doctor, and many other useful pieces of equipment. A full list of the purchases is on the Hadleigh House noticeboard.

The year 2000 was a landmark for the Friends as we were generously offered the profits from the Corfe Mullen Carnival to establish a Health Information Room at our Hadleigh Lodge Surgery for the benefit of the community of Corfe Mullen and the wider area covered by the local general practices. This resource is successfully up and running and being used by an increasing number of people.

Ladies of the Friends committee run a monthly Coffee Morning at each surgery which are very popular.

Any help or suggestions from anyone are always gratefully received and contact can be made via the practice manager.

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