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 The Danby Surgery
national health service

The Patient Reference Group


What is the Patient Reference Group for?

The patient reference group is about patients taking an active interest in health care and acting to create positive change wherever possible. The group is a prime example of healthcare professionals working together with patients and the public to improve the health communities they serve’.


The group will soon change its name to ‘Patient and Public Involvement’, and looks forward to receive training on its developing role (in accordance to the national guidelines).


‘The Patient Reference Group is a formal group of  people who are patients registered at Danby Surgery.  It was formed over eight years ago. We have regular meetings with the surgery staff where we discuss any topics raised by patients and are given an update on surgery progress and innovations. In some respects we act as ‘go-between’ for patients to the surgery and vice versa and nationally it is suggested that all surgeries have a Patient Reference Group. With the re-organisation of the National Health Service more decisions about how healthcare is provided are being taken at surgery level. Danby surgery has joined with other local surgeries to form a federation give them a greater voice in negotiating services to be planned and purchased locally. It is important that the services purchased meet the needs of our community.’


As we are seeing increasing changes in the NHS, your feedback with regards to services and local healthcare needs is of real importance.


Currently, key roles include:


  • Point of contact for patients of Danby Surgery – the group does not deal with complaints, however, they do act as an important way for patients to relay any views on the provision and development of services
  • Creating and analysing the results of Patient surveys
  • Colating and analysing the results of the monthly Family & Friends Test
  • Commenting on the draft content of the surgery newsletters, web-site and any written information for patients. Recently we have acted to provide information on the out of hours service and local social and leisure activities


Patient Reference Group Annual Report to Patients 


The group will be holding an open meeting at Danby Surgery on Thursday 5th March 2015 at 7.00pm our theme for this meeting is "cakes. cuppa and community". All of our pateints are welcome to come along and have a cuppa, some cake and hear about the progress over the past year and future plans for the surgery and group. 


The Patient Reference Group annual report is available here 


Get Involved!


The group is encouraging patients to give their views about how the practice is doing. They would like to be able to ask the opinions of as many patients as possible. If you are happy to be contacted by the group and would like to be part of the consultation prosess please foward your email address to deborah.harrison4@nhs.net



Current members of The Patient Participation Group are:


Phil Brown, School House, Castleton YO21 2DA    tel 01287 660460           



Joan Stamp, 14, Easton Lane, Ainthorpe YO21 2LF   tel 01287 660495            



June Atkinson,  39, Brook Lane, Ainthorpe YO21 2LD     tel  01287 669099  



Linda Llloyd, Woodside, Castleton  YO21 2EU   tel  01287 660377            



Joyce Champion,  29, High Street, Castleton  YO21 2DB    tel  07850 794947               joycechampion@btopenworld.com


Jane Dingle, 1, Strait Lane, Ainthorpe YO21  2JY    tel 01287 660619



Jo Sewell, 12, Easton Lane, Ainthorpe, YO21 2LF tel 01287 660321



Tom Kirby, Dirlea, Ainthorpe Lane, YO21 2JN, tel 01287 660910



Sharon Artley, 56, High Street, Castleton, tel 01287 660470




Debbie Harrison, Practice Manger, Danby Surgery,  tel 01287 660739            



Sarah Theaker, Senior Administrator, Danby Surgery, tel 01287 660739



Dr. Ruth Pearce           

Dr. Marcus van Dam 

Above are contactable via: deborah.harrison4@nhs.net or s.theaker@nhs.net


Other useful contacts:


Elaine Lewis : Contact for Patient Carer Governor, JCUH Hospital, Middlesbrough.

01287 660673   elaine100lewis@talktalk.net


Linda Lloyd : Whitby  Health Engagement Network  (HEN)   whitby.hen@nhs.net



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