Auchterarder and District Community Health Group Report

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The Auchterarder & District Community Health Group is the patient participation group of St. Margaret’s Health Centre and Community Hospital

The group meets every 6 – 8 weeks to discuss health and social issues relevant to the local population.  These may include information on the workings of the Health Centre or Community Hospital, issues affecting NHS Tayside or the Health Service more generally, and health related items appearing in the media.  They have responded to public consultations, and help maintain the patient information room in the Health Centre.  They also organise public awareness stands in the Health Centre waiting room.

At the recent meeting of the Auchterarder & District Community Health Group several initiatives available to patients were discussed.

Some new links have been put up on the St Margaret’s Health Centre website including the Age UK Lifebook, Lions Clubs Message in a Bottle and information on cough medicine.

The Health Centre website is being updated to bring more local information and advice on what to so for minor ailments.

The Health Centre has received information from VisionPK to advise that they are now providing services to people who are deaf and hard of hearing as well as those with a sight loss.  Further information can be found on their website at www.visionpk.org.uk

Dr McLeay asked for opinion on some proposals coming through from Digital Health & Care and the Scottish Government regarding new patient information forms and digital opportunities for health care providers.

It was noted that in February 113 patients failed to turn up for appointments which is 24.5 hours of wasted medical time.  Another way of looking at it is 3 x 8hr shifts that medical staff were sitting doing nothing.

If you cannot make an appointment, please let the Health Centre know so they may rebook the appointment with someone who needs to see the doctor.

One of the members advised that they had found a very useful app, www.myhomehelper.co.uk  which is an on-line, digital memory and communication aid for people living with cognitive impairment such as dementia, learning difficulties and head injuries.

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