The Friends started in April 2005 after our Senior Partner, Dr Neal placed a notice in Reception suggesting that it would be nice to have a “Friends of the Practice”.
Its remit was to include:
- Continuing constructive criticism of the services provided by the Practice.
- Joint planning of new services.
- To provide a patient representative political wing to the Practice in its discussions with the local NHS.
Since its inception, the Friends have raised over £87070.19 and have purchased £75647.75 on Defibrillators, pulse oximeters, spirometers, audiometer, heart scan machine, ambulatory blood pressure machine, baby scales, ECH machine, mercury free sphygs, digital scales, couch, paediatric defibrillator pads, AED paediatric adaptor, Sonicaid FD3 with MHZ probe, 50% contribution to ultrasound machine.
Money has been raised by organising functions such as Race Nights, Quiz Nights, Coffee mornings and afternoon teas. Bingo is played once a month and we have also played skittles in various venues.
Tabletop sales are regularly held at Crookhorn Surgery and it is planned to also hold these at the surgeries in Kingston Crescent and Cosham.
We class all patients to be “Friends”. Anyone is invited to our meetings but only current members have a vote.
New members of the committee are urgently required and if you are interested in joining this fantastic group please contact us.