Following on from the tremendous work undertaken by the Volunteers at the Tithe Farm Vaccination Centre (and subsequently at Byron Hall) the Pinn Medical Centre (PMC) nominated the Volunteer Team for a Helpforce Award. The PMC is now part of the Healthsense Primary Care Network, and the volunteer team was led by the Patients’ Association Chair, Kevin Mahon. The nomination is set out in full on the Helpforce Awards website (link below) and is now open for a public voting round. Voting is by ticking on the “Thumbs Up” icon which you can do anonymously without logging in (although you seem to have to do so twice!). https://www.judgify.me/public-voting/peopleschoiceaward2021/submissions/481032?lan=en
On 27 June 2021 a Members Opinion Survey was issued to all 379 Members of the Pinn Medical Centre Patients’ Association (PMCPA) – 277 by email and 102 by post. There were 62 returns, in 18 of which the respondent remained anonymous. The questions set out in the survey were:Why do you think it is important to have a Patients’ Association?Can you describe what sort of things an effective Patients’ Association would do?What do we do that is good?What sort of things could we do?Do you have any other comments you would like to add? The following notes summarise the response to each question. For a full set of the responses (with Members’ names removed) please email our Vice Chair on email@example.com. Why do you think it is important to…
Below is a series of links to local and national health websites. https://www.nwlondonccg.nhs.uk/ - contains specific information on services in Harrow borough and also sectionson ‘your health, your services’, details of committee meetings and news, publications and campaigns (includingone on zero tolerance) for the area. The Harrow Council - Health and Wellbeing https://moderngov.harrow.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=1280 Harrow Council Public Health - specifically COVID. https://www.harrow.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/public-health-response-covid-19 Healthy London Partnership https://www.healthylondon.org/about/ The main NHS UK website https://www.nhs.uk/ - with information on conditions (including a focus on specificconditions such as diabetes), living well, care and support. And the NHS App (which is distinct from the NHS Test and Trace App and which can include your CovidVaccination Certificate) can be downloaded to phones from your App Store.
Some patients have recently contacted the Patients’ Association asking for guidance with regard to the government’s plans to allow NHS Data to be made available to a third party. In essence, the decision remains a personal choice and not one that necessarily requires medical advice. At this point the Partners are reviewing the government guidelines as they continue to emerge and in any case, they note that the deadline to submit your response has been extended to September while the government considers its final policy statement. The Board of Trustees will release its own definitive statement when the position of the NHS generally and the Pinn Medical Centre in particular is clarified.