Friends of Parkwood Surgery

Friends of Parkwood Drive

Who are Friends of Parkwood Surgery?

The Friends of Parkwood Surgery, or FPS, is a Patient Participation Group: we are patients of Parkwood Drive Surgery who volunteer our time to share your views with the Practice, with the aim of improving the services provided to you.

The FPS Committee works with the Practice, providing the patient perspective and working together on initiatives to improve all areas of care delivered by the Partners and staff at the surgery for the benefit of all its patients.

FPS is part of a national association of Patient Participation Groups, supported by Government, encouraging your participation in your healthcare at grass roots level by engaging with the FPS to provide views, feedback and suggestions for improvements and changes to the Practice and the healthcare provided.

What We Do

We represent the patient perspective, representing you in discussions with the Practice about how services might be improved.

The purpose of FPS is:-
• To give patients and Practice staff the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest with regards to healthcare and act as a link between the patients and the doctors
• To encourage health education within the Practice, for example through talks about health issues or organised activities
• To raise funds for equipment of benefit to patients and Practice that cannot be provided centrally
• To represent patients of the Practice when called upon to influence the local provision of Health and Social Care.

Please note that the FPS are not able to assist with complaints. The practice has a separate, defined complaints procedure if required.

Become a Member of FPS

The Friends of Parkwood Surgery aims to represent all its patients: please support us by joining FPS and supporting our events and initiatives.

This is your Patient Participation Group. There are over 17,000 patients in this Practice but for FPS to make a difference we need input from you in the form of ideas, feedback and volunteers even if it’s just to help with tea and coffee. Together we can make a significant and positive difference to the benefit of the Practice and all its members.

• Join FPS – complete our short membership form at Reception and submit with your membership fee, then renew annually every September/October
• Contact FPS with your feedback, good or bad, and your suggestions for improvements
• Volunteer your time to assist with organising a specific event or fund raising activity
• Join our FPS Committee: we meet on a monthly basis and it’s amazing what can be achieved with just a few hours work!

Here’s our FPS Leaflet with more information about what we do, how we make a difference and how you can get involved:-
Friends of Parkwood Drive

Health Talks

We try to arrange a number of health talks each year, with the aim of making information more widely available, helping you to make more informed choice and giving you the opportunity to ask questions of the experts.

Usually on specific Tuesdays at 7.30pm they are well attended but we’re happy to review dates and times if there is the demand to support a different schedule – please let us know.

Next Health Talk

Healthy Eating – You are what you eat

Subject :Learn how to read food labels with our Nutrition Expert Dell Stanford from the British Heart Foundation

When : Tuesday 12 September 2017, 7.30pm
Where: Parkwood Drive Surgery

If you would like to suggest a topic for a future health talk, please get in touch, see below.

Previous Health Talks

Living with the Menopause
This talk, requested by a patient, was held on 27 June 2017.

Dr Antscherl presented an excellent talk on the menopause. Again this was well received and you can have a look at the presentation by clicking on Living with the Menopause

Cardiovascular Disease and Healthy Living
This talk on 25 April 2017 was very well attended by over 40 patients.
Dr Stier explained the different types of cardiovascular disease; Dr Brazier encouraged us to include simple but effective exercise in our daily lives, and a British Heart Foundation representative Dell Stanford explained how to make healthy food choices to reduce the risk of heart conditions.
The feedback from this talk was so positive that the FPS Committee is hoping to invite Dell Stanford back to run another session on healthy eating. We hope to provide more details soon.
If you missed this talk but wanted to attend please contact FPS – we may be able to schedule the same talk on a different date. We also have hand-outs available in Parkwood Surgery Reception providing options to help you eat more healthily, increase your fitness and meet like-minded people – and have fun!

Fund Raising

Over the years we have raised funds towards various items, including –
• Over £2000 towards the cost of the electronic doors at Parkwood Surgery which were officially inaugurated by Mike Penning MP in June 2010. They enable much easier access for those in wheelchairs or pushing prams, and for those of us who are not as agile or strong as we once were!
• Over £2000 to replacing the bench seating in the Parkwood Drive Surgery
• Most recently the Friends raised £550 at the Easter raffle, which is being put with the £1,000 donation from Terry Douris and funds from the Practice to purchase two defibrillators, for the Gadebridge and Boxmoor surgeries.

Fund raising is achieved in two ways:-
• Our membership fee, a minimum of £2 per family per annum. For this you will receive our regular newsletter by email
• Specific events such as our Easter Raffle

Please support FPS – your donations enable us to purchase items that will either improve your experience at the surgery or enable the use of much needed equipment at the Practice that may well benefit YOU, and which the Practice is otherwise unable to provide.

FPS Health Walks

FPS doesn’t just raise money to help buy important equipment: we also look for ways to help you stay healthy, active and independent. To this end, we have established a “First Steps” health walk designed for those who perhaps don’t walk, can’t walk very far, or are recovering from an illness or surgery.

These walks are a gentle stroll around the local park, with trained leaders to ensure you are safe and looked after. Fancy joining us? You do not have to book onto this so just turn up.

Due to the success of our pilot this year, Herts Health Walks has adopted First Steps as a permanent fixture! These walls take place every Tuesday at 10am, meeting at Parkwood Surgery

Contact the FPS Committee:

• Via our e-mail address:
• Call the Practice Managers, Colin Neal or Nina Booth on the normal surgery number 01442 250117.

We email our newsletter to FPS members on a regular basis, but we have a significant number of delivery failures.
If you are not receiving these emails please confirm your email address to us at or you can do this when you renew your membership in September/October.

Thank you.