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The Friends of the Surgery

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Nearly twenty years ago a small group of dedicated and public spirited patients decided to set up ‘The Friends of St Chad’s and Chilcompton Surgeries’ with the intention of raising money to purchase equipment and other items for the Surgeries for which NHS funding was not available.

We meet at St. Chad’s in the evening four or five times a year. The practice manager or a doctor joins us and meetings last about an hour. New faces are always welcome to join us, enquire at either surgery Reception.

In the twenty years more than eighty purchases have been made ranging in cost from around £100 to £2000 each and approximately £41,000 has been spent on items for the well being of patients.

Examples have included:

  •       Spirometer and Syringe (£1366)

  •       Radiolaze for minor surgery (£1756)

  •       Wipe down waiting room chairs (£2000)

  •       Gynaecological couch (£1390)

  •      Cardiac event monitor & software (£890)

  •      Two Scanners and Label Printers for Prescription Checking at Chilcompton (£2910)

  •      Two ECG machines, one for each surgery (£3192)

  •      Two check-in screens and a patient call screen (£5278)

Health Forums

The Friends have organised a series of Public talks by Consultants and Health Professionals starting in 1998. These have usually been held in the Methodist Hall in Midsomer Norton in Spring and Autumn and admission is free as are the refreshments. Notices of proposed events have been displayed in the Waiting Rooms at both Surgeries and advertised in the local press. All are welcome to attend.

 

Subjects covered have included: The Heart, Get fit keep fit, Drug Awareness, Looking after your back, Holiday Health Hazards, Menopause, Memory Loss, Asthma, Breast Problems, Osteoporosis and H.R.T., Stress management, Keeping Diabetes at Bay, Why diets don’t work, Polyclinics and N.H.S Changes, Pain Management, Joint replacement and Skin Cancer.

Fund Raising

There is a 100 Club with monthly draws. The names of winners are posted in the waiting rooms. The cost is £12 per year. Membership forms are available in both surgeries Friend’s notice boards.

We have a Christmas Draw which produces a very commendable income. Tickets are available from the receptionists at each Surgery.

In most years we receive donations.

We raise about £2000 each year, sometimes more, sometimes less. All the money raised goes to provide something for the benefit of the Patients registered at St. Chad’s and Chilcompton surgeries.

In conjunction with St Chad’s and Chilcompton practice, the Friends have purchased a further ECG machine in order that patients of both surgeries have the latest equipment not supplied by the NHS. All the funds were raised by the Friends at events in Midsomer Norton and Chilcompton.

Friends

Purchased by

The Friends

 of St Chad's and  Chilcompton Surgeries

 



 
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