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THE UNOFFICIAL MINUTES OF OUR SHORTENED
The PPG meeting directly followed the Diabetes Event, and started at 12.45 on 8/7/17
Although slightly shorter than our normal meeting, we still managed to achieve just as much.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.
We then went on to the Telephone System.
The Practice Management have been to see several systems in operation, and have decided on the one they want. Discussions are n ow in progress to install the new system. It is believed that the installation will take around six weeks, so we are hoping that the new system will be up and running is around 2 months.
Edenbridge (Quality Improvement) Data
Amongst other data received was the fact that the practice is now growing at a rate of
9.3% per year. This constant growth has meant that more rooms are now in use than before, and that we are now pretty full roomwise. The practice are now looking to expand the on-line services, and when the new phone system is up and running, along with the practice open for even longer hours than it already does, their responsibilities can still be met. However, the constant high growth rate will require constant rethinking about how the practice operates.
With the constant growth of the practice, we are pleased that there are more professionals joining us than leaving.
Sadly we will be losing Dr Alex Grove in the near future who is going on to pastures new, and our thanks and good wishes go with her.
A new intake of Registrars will be joining us in the near future, along with the arrival of Dr Rashid, who will be joining us for a year from September.
Any Other Business:
It was suggested that we should experiment with holding PPG meetings in the evenings. Agreed by all.
As it is Carers Week next week, MM said he would look into arranging something for the reception area.
The next meeting of the Ausism Group will be on Tuesday 25th July 2017, and held on the 3rd floor of the Whitechapel Idea Store from 5.15pm until 7pm.
Praise was given to the Neurological support service for their good work.
It was requested if we could introduce Meditation sesions, or something along those lines at the centre. It was agreed this would be looked into.
The Next Meeting:
Our next meeting will be held on:
Thursday September 14th 2017 at 5.oopm
REPORT AND FEEDBACK FROM OUR DIABETES EVENT
Our Diabetes event was held earlier today, (8/7/17) and proved a great success.
The attendance was very good, and towards the end, only 1 seat remained empty.
The guest speaker was Olivia Djouadi, from Diabetes UK.
Olivia took us slowly through the two types of Diabetes, and explained the differences.We were told how the main symptoms noticed are usually a constant thirst and tiredness.We were told how there are currently 3.8 Million diagnosed sufferers, of that 376,000 were in London alone with a probable 100,000 undiagnosed sufferers.
Olivia guided us through the problems faced by relating it to her own extended battle with Diabetes.
Olivia explained how during teenage years, diagnosed sufferers seemed prone to ignore doctors orders, resulting in serious problems. It would seem that the teenage hormones and Diabetes do not work well together.
We were told how in the early stages of Type 2 Diabetes, treatment could be just keeping to a strict diet. This could then progress to medication, and sometimes in Type 1 and advance forms of Type 2 would involve Insulin. As there are various types of insulin, your GP will experiment to find the best version for you, to stabilise your condition. It can also be targetted to match a particular religion or faith.
It was emphasized that keeping to a starch controlled diet is vital to those suffering from Diabetes, and some of the more popular foodstuffs will have to be avoided as much as possible.
This causes many problems within some communities, as these are staple dietary items, and a Diabetic may seem as being rude if they refused to eat larger amounts than are safe for them, and so some understanding is required by the host.
There is a Diabetes Hotline run by Diabetes UK.
The Diabetes Hotline Number is:
0345 123 2399
(Mon – Fri 9am to 7.00pm)
Their website is:
During the event, a translator repayed the key information to the Bengali members of the community who had difficulty understanding the details.
At the end of the event, which ended at 12.30, those present thanked Olivia for coming out of her way to explain so much to us.
It was decided later that there should be 2 meetings for this event next time, one for English speakers, and one for Bengali speakers.
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