Patients Forum

What is the Patients Forum?

The Patient Participation Group (PPG) was formed in 2009 to encourage patients and the local community to participate in the successful running of the Practice. We have changed our name to the Patients’ Forum because we want to be open to all opinions and collaborate with the Practice to provide a fresh focus on our shared priorities.

How Can You Help?

As a member of the Patients’ Forum, you can:

  • provide feedback on patient services and treatment to Practice staff and suggest improvements to patient care
  • find out and share information on planned changes at the Practice and other new health initiatives
  • suggest and plan events in the wider community to promote good health and wellbeing
  • help raise funds for equipment and improved facilities at the Practice beyond those currently supplied
  • come to Forum meetings and contribute to the planning and delivery of our activities. We have 6 meetings each year on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings in alternate months, beginning in January.

How Do You Join?

We want our Patients’ Forum to be truly representative of our patient population – especially younger patients. No special qualifications or experience are required. We are a friendly group, and we would like to warmly welcome you to our Forum.

Who We Are

  • Alison Mackie
  • Ben Johnson
  • Brian Bird
  • Colin Hyams
  • David Foot – Co-opted committee member
  • Dean Bloom
  • Elaine Newell – Fundraising co-ordinator
  • Elish Millard – Vice-chair
  • Jessica Lloyd
  • Jo Robinson
  • John Thackray
  • Kaitlin Fairchild
  • Linda Crow – Treasurer
  • Macha Pumphrey
  • Maggie Gillett
  • Mark Brandon
  • Mihaiela Swift
  • Nina Collier
  • Peter Wilson
  • Rebecca Spalding-Green
  • Richard Pumphrey
  • Roger Merritt – Chair
  • Rosemary Smith – Secretary
  • Sophia Stanworth – Communications Co-ordinator

What We’ve Done

  • Created a Practice book shop on both sites to serve patients and raise funds
  • Raised donations to buy two portable defibrillators for use on those suffering heart attacks.
  • Paid for the baby changing equipment at both sites.
  • Co-funded the purchase of new chairs for the waiting area in Charles Hicks..
  • Working with the Practice to develop a more patient-friendly pre-bookable appointment system. ​
  • Raised £500 to co-fund local volunteer First Responders in Huntingdon and Godmanchester.
  • Conducted patient surveys and collected feedback from the “Friends and Family” test.
  • Arranged for leaflets and suggestion boxes to be available in both surgeries.
  • Funded the purchase of two Blood Pressure Monitoring Machines. The first being in 2014 for use at the Charles Hicks Medical Centre and the second in February 2017 for use at Roman Gate Surgery.
  • Paid for two examination couches that can be raised and lowered.
  • Paid for two bariatric chairs for the benefit of larger people
  • Funded two adjustable stools for use with the B/P machines
  • Funded new window boxes for Roman Gate Surgery
  • Made a donation of £70 to the Woodlands Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Where Our Fundraising Goes

Over the years we have been able to provide various items for both the Charles Hicks and Roman Gate Surgeries

Adjustable Couches
Baby Changing
Window Boxes
Bariatric Chairs
Blood Pressure Monitors

We have also raised £500 to co-fund local volunteer First Responders in Huntingdon and Godmanchester and made a donation of £70 to the Woodlands Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

Meetings – Dates & Minutes

Schedule of Meetings 2023

Tues 10th JanuaryCharles Hicks Centre
Thursday 16th March (AGM)Roman Gate Surgery
Tues 16th MayCharles Hicks Centre
Thursday 13th JulyRoman Gate Surgery
Thursday 14th SeptemberCharles Hicks Centre
Thursday 9th November Roman Gate Surgery

Previous Meeting Minutes