Message from the POD
We are having some issues with our telephone lines this morning; this is being investigated as high priority; however, this may affect patients ringing into POD.
Spring Covid Boosters
NHS England are beginning to send texts to those over 75 inviting them to book their spring covid booster. Can we ask that you do not call the surgery regarding this text as we are not administering spring covid boosters. If you call, we will direct you to 119 where you will be able to book an appointment.
PPG Chairman Vacancy
After more than six years, the existing chairman – Dave Reeves - has decided to step down from his role, creating a vacancy for the position of Chair. He remains within the PPG to support a new Chair as s/he takes the group forward.
All PPG members including the chairman are volunteers who provide invaluable support for the surgery.
The PPG currently has over forty members from a patient population of 18,400.
Historically we had three physical meetings a year, but since covid we have had mostly virtual, online meetings using Microsoft Teams.
The PPG Chair and Martin Randall, Business Manager at The Avenue have regular contact throughout the year to ensure the PPG are well informed of relevant surgery issues.
Dave Reeves has said he would be happy to discuss the role of PPG Chairman and what is required to fill the position and can be contacted through Martin Randall.
If you have the qualities and time required to fulfil the role of PPG chairman, have the innovation to develop the PPG to support the surgery in this changing world we are currently experiencing, please write to:
The Avenue Surgery
14-16 The Avenue
Dr Corey and Dr Austin
The end of March sees the retirement as partners of Dr Corey and Dr Austin. Dr Corey started her life at the Avenue on 1st October 1996 and Dr Austin joined her and the rest of the partners at that time on 27th November 2000.
They will be stepping down from their job share partnership on March 31st, although Dr Austin will continue to undertake locum work for the practice so patients may still see or speak to her at times. These plans have been in place for some time, and no one could have envisaged how healthcare has changed during their long careers especially in light of the pandemic.
They will both be sorely missed, and we wish Dr Corey lots of fun in her retirement. We look forward to continuing to work alongside Dr Austin when she locums.