GP support to BAME communities

The Crawley Care Collaborative Primary Care Network, made up of Bridge Medical Centre, Langley Corner Surgery, Leacroft Medical Practice and Southgate Medical Group, have reported on the help they are giving to their patients and are asking for volunteers to join their Patient Participation Groups.

We are very conscious of the impact Covid-19 is having on all of our patients but particularly on our Black And Minority Ethnic (BAME) patients. All of our most vulnerable BAME patients with underlying health conditions were recently sent a letter inviting them to a health review and also included advice on what to do in the event of a positive Covid-19 test result.

We have also put together information packs containing useful information about local support that may be available to those in need as well as their families. This includes information on the importance of attending regular health checks and vaccination appointments as well as guidance on how to access health services. The pack also has a whole raft of additional information and covers wellbeing, debt and finance, housing issues, mental health, employment and includes leaflets for Carers Support, Relate Counselling,  Citizens Advice, Crawley Town Community Foundation, Royal Voluntary Service and so much more. The information packs were put together in conjunction with volunteers aged 16-17 from the Crawley Town Community Foundation – National Citizens Service programme.

The network has also put together short videos in different languages promoting the services and support available: https://leacroft.co.uk/practice-information/covid-information-videos/.

We are looking for members of the BAME community to volunteer to represent their community on the Patient Participation Groups (PPG) of each surgery. This group consists of registered patients whose views and opinions can help us to deliver a service more centred around what our patients want.

For more information about the packs or to enquire about joining your surgery PPG, please contact your surgery.

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