Friends of Moneymore new season

THE Friends of Moneymore Medical Centre Patient Participation Group held its first meeting of the new season on Tuesday September 13. This patient committee has been running for nearly 30 years, to improve communication between the medical centre and its patients, and to ensure the services on offer truly meet the needs of all patients. Working with the practice, the group has over the years run many successful fundraising events to help provide much needed equipment and services for the community.

An informative talk was given by Mrs. Sandra Hutchinson on her work as a counsellor based in the practice. The group was pleased to hear that the recently introduced weekly early morning 8am clinics are being welcomed by those patients who find it difficult to attend in normal working hours.

Dr Kuriacose highlighted the importance of getting the flu vaccine to be ready to fight off infection for those patients considered ”at risk”, including diabetics, asthmatics, people with heart or kidney problems, those with a weak immune system, and everyone over the age of 65 years. As well as the normal weekday clinics the medical centre will run a flu clinic on a Thursday evening and a Saturday morning.

The practice has been awarded Best Kept Healthcare Facility in the Northern Health Board region for the second consecutive year. Dr Kuriacose, Mrs Pat Harris, Mrs Jean Scott and Mrs Freda Stewart collected the award at the prize ceremony in Belfast. Special mention was made of the patient involvement in the “Adopt a flower bed” scheme and it is hoped that we can expand on this in the coming year as it has also been very well received by patients coming into the practice. The group would like to say thank you very much to the patients (the ladies mentioned above and Mrs Kathleen Garvin) who voluntarily planted and maintained their flower beds and hanging baskets.

Thanks to funds raised, the Patient Participation Group recently provided much needed equipment for an additional surgery room built in the practice. The doctors are very grateful for this contribution and strive to improve the service to both existing patients and new patients joining the practice.

The group is already doing some great work on behalf of all the patients who use Moneymore Medical Centre, and it would like your help. It is always looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the group, share their ideas on how services could be improved, and get involved in making those changes – for the good of the patients and the practice.

If you are a patient and interested in getting involved, or would just like to find out more, leave your details at reception and the practice manager will contact you directly, or simply go along to the next meeting on Tuesday 18 October at 8pm at the medical centre.