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Ash Surgery

Chilton Place
Telephone: 01304 812227
Fax: 01304 813788


Ash Surgery Patient Participation Group

General Information




Our Patient Participation Group (PPG) was set up in 2015. We aim to meet 4 times a year (every 3 months)

Meetings have been held at the Ash Surgery, usually on a Wednesday evening.

We have recently agreed to trial some PPG meetings where we will combine with our colleagues in Sandwich. The meeting in March 2018 will be a joint meeting.

We felt a combined meeting would be a good idea as many of the local commissioning decisions are now based on so-called “Town Teams”. In the Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCCCG) we (at Ash) are combined with the Sandwich Practices. Hence there are an increasing number of meetings, projects and commissioning decisions that are made on this Town Team basis. We are looking forward to working together in this way, to develop more locally responsive services for our residents.

When these occasional meetings are based in Sandwich, there will be transport from the surgery at Ash, if this is required..

What you can do as a member of P.P.G

  • Help the practice to better understand the views of patients and service users regarding their healthcare needs and desires for future development.
  • Give feedback to the healthcare workers about the services offered
  • Encourage partnership working between the healthcare team and residents to improve health and well-being.
  • Contribute to discussions around access to health care and health issues, both general and specific.
  • Help build relationships between patients/ users and healthcare staff
  • Offer patients and users of the services more direct involvement in their healthcare.
  • Help the practice demonstrate their commitment to patient involvement.


All patients are welcome to join the PPG meetings. If attending the meetings is problematic, then we would be delighted to hear from this group in order to develop other options for contributing. This may well take the form of so-called “virtual” membership, where minutes of the meetings might be sent/ emailed to the member, and that member feedback by mail/ email any comments or suggestions.

Our aim is to develop a committee of members of the PPG who will take a leading role in working with the patients/ users of services and practice team and may act as a point of contact for those finding it hard to attend.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Ash PPG, then please fill out the attached application form and code of conduct form and then either-

Send or drop it in to – Ash Surgery, Chilton Place, Ash CT3 2HD or

Email to

Aims and Guidelines of Ash PPG



Application Form Ash PPG

/resources/content/Documents & Files/Application Form 11Ash PPG.doc


Code and Conduct Ash PPG

/resources/content/Documents & Files/Code of Conduct Ash PPG11).doc

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