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Press release in response to latest Practice & NHS Highland statements

We note the statements the Nairnshire has copied to us, made by NHS Highland and Nairn Healthcare Group. 

The PPG committee, elected at the AGM of April 2014, feels it has a duty to continue to act as a forum for patients of the practice and to represent patient views. We acknowledge the issues raised by the Practice and following the meeting of 2nd July proposed a plan to achieve a mutually constructive way forward. The Practice nevertheless has made it clear that it is not prepared to work with the PPG in the form elected and confirmed in April.

PPG has had enormous public support, through attendance at its full meetings, interest in the Facebook page and correspondence in the local press and social media. 

With this in mind, we have already spoken with NHS Highland and the Scottish Health Council to explore options by which the people who have supported us can continue to be involved in learning about, contributing to and improving the healthcare of patients in the area. We expect to meet with SHC in the next month and to have further discussions with NHS Highland soon. We would be very happy if Nairn Healthcare Group joined us in shaping this way forward.

In the immediate future we will continue to keep patients informed through our website, Facebook pages and Twitter. We will be delighted to hear from patients interested in taking an active part in our development.

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PPG Dissolved

Since March of this year, Nairn Healthcare Group practice has raised concerns about publicity surrounding the quarterly meetings of the full Patient Participation Group (PPG).  The partners of the practice have stated that this has affected morale among staff at the surgery and has led to the resignation of valued members of staff.   For these reasons the PPG has been dissolved.

The current PPG committee, elected at the AGM of April 2014, feels it has a duty to continue to act as a forum for patients of the practice and to represent patient views.  Since its formation on the amalgamation of the Ardersier and Nairn Healthcare practices, PPG has had enormous public support, through attendance at its full meetings, interest in the Facebook page and correspondence in the local press and social media.

With this in mind, the committee has opened discussions with NHS Highland, Highland Council and the Scottish Health Council, with a view to exploring options by which local people can be involved and informed about the range and location of health and social care services, thus improving the healthcare of patients in the area

Fellow patients can keep in touch with developments via the following means:

Website: www.nairnpatientsgroup.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nairnpatientsgroup

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nairnppg 

Notices: Nairn and Ardersier Libraries

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Transport Survey

Transport Survey will be closing soon, please see details below on how to put your viewpoint forward.
During the course of the last year we have heard many stories of problems getting to the surgery, to the hospital and even to and from Nairn town itself, so we decided to find out more and see if we could help find a solution. We’re keen to learn a little about your experience of making appointments and getting to and from the surgery. With help from RCOP Highland we’ve designed two very short questionnaires you can complete, one about your last visit to the surgery or hospital, one about getting around more generally. 
Our interviewer will be at the surgery and various locations around the area over the next few weeks, so do stop and give her a few minutes of your time. If you’d prefer, you can complete the questionnaires ON-LINE by clicking on these links:
About your last appointment: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9SF66SM