Welton & District Patients' & Doctors' Association (PDA)
The Health Centre is very fortunate to have a patient liaison group (the PDA) who provide a communication link between the Practice and its patients. All registered patients are members. The Executive Committee meets regularly(see dates for this year below) and an AGM is held annually in October. All meetings are held at the Welton Health Centre and members can attend as observers. Interest in becoming a new committee member is always welcome. The following comprises the threefold focus of the PDA’s activities (the constitution - see link below sets out the overall aims):
Provision of a Patient Transport Scheme
This invaluable scheme provides transport for those patients who would otherwise be unable to attend the surgery or healthcare appointments, for which a small charge to cover service costs is made. The transport scheme relies entirely on volunteer drivers who give their time freely (and are reimbursed for fuel and other vehicle running costs). New drivers are always welcome, even if you can only spare one day per month - please ask Health Centre staff, Committee members or drivers for more details.
Fund Raising Activities
The PDA does a sterling job raising funds via various annual events e.g. Spring plant sale, very popular Spring & Christmas lunches & an Autumn Fayre. The money raised contributes to funding the Transport Scheme and purchasing equipment for the Health Centre for the benefit of patients’ care and comfort. Over the years well over £30k has been raised or donated and the Health Centre, on behalf of the patients, is grateful for this assistance. Volunteers and new ideas are always welcome - please speak to Health Centre staff or Committee members if you are interested.
The PDA and the Virtual Patient Group act as the voice of patients providing valuable feedback to the practice and its staff. The PDA is a member of the National Association for Patient Participation & in this advocacy remit provides a critical friend to the GPs and clinical staff. New members to this aspect of the PDA are always welcome.
Further details regarding the PDA & its current activities can be found on the PDA noticeboard in the waiting room.
Current PDA Executive Committee Members:
Chairperson: David Kitching
Minute Secretary: Janet Lynch
Vice Chairperson: Mike Lynch
Treasurer: Jan Sims
Transport Coordinator: Janet Goddard
Fund Raising Coordinator: Chris Jackson
Health Centre Representative: Nadina Prestedge (Practice Manager)
Other committee members: Betty Blower; Irene McCully; Jane Padgett; Chris Scott (co opted January 2019 for appointment at 2019 AGM) & Eunice Wright.
Members and office holders are elected and appointed annually at the AGM, or co-opted to fulfil any vacancies that may arise.
Meeting Dates for 2019:
3rd January 2019
7th March 2019
2nd May 2019
4th July 2019
5th September 2019
7th November 2019
17th October 2019
All meetings to be held at Welton Health Centre Commencing at 7.30pm (unless otherwise stated or notified)
Minutes of Previous meetings:
A hard copy of the latest minutes will be available on the PDA Notice board with access to all previous minutes online below.