A big thank you to Patient Participation Group chairs from numerous individual GP Practices across Thanet who came together at the QEQM Hospital recently (13th January) for the inaugural meeting of our Thanet CCG Health Reference Group.

At the first meeting there was a presentation and detailed discussion led by the Head of Medicines Management at Thanet CCG, concerning processes and procedures relating to prescription drugs and medicines.

The new group will supplement the Clinical Commissioning Group's current 850 person strong Thanet Health Network and voluntary sector organisations in representing the interests and views of patients, so as to improve local services. It will also help to provide two-way feedback on health related practice in Thanet between the CCG and our local GP surgeries.

We will now meet quarterly, providing a forum to discuss and exchange local and national health initiatives, information, events, policies and practices in relation to health and wellbeing here in Thanet.

Clive Hart