The Friends is an informal organisation, designed to do what friends are supposed to do, following the old adage about “a friend in need…” Our aim is to support the surgery in any way we can, for the good of all those on their books, and we hope each in our own small way to repay what we regard as the superb service we receive from them.

With the help of generous donations and bequests, we finance the purchase, by the surgery, of equipment considered essential by the doctors, but which cannot be provided by the NHS. For example we have, in the past, financed the purchase of a defibrillator, blood pressure monitors, resuscitation kits, etc., etc.

At the request of the surgery, we deliver medication to patients unable to get to the surgery. We also take patients to the surgery, local hospitals or consultants, and return them to their homes, when – for various reasons – it has not been possible to use hospital transport, and they cannot find friends or relations to drive them or use public transport. The only condition is that they make their request for transport via the surgery. This service is provided free, by volunteer drivers, although a donation to the Friends is always appreciated.

We are always keen to get more volunteer drivers, for whom we offer to pay expenses, if required. Almost inevitably, most of those who help us in this way are retired, and therefore relatively elderly, and we lose one or two from time to time. We do require our volunteer drivers to have DBS checks, essentially for the security of the surgery, as well as the committee.

Contacts

Chairman: Frank Smith  at langsmith_@hotmail.com

Secretary: Sue Mumford at susanmumford6@mypostoffice.co.uk