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Patient Participation Group

Have Your Say - The PPG


All patients registered with the Practice have the opportunity and are encouraged to join the Patient Participation Group (PPG).

The main aim of the Group is to work with the Practice to share information and ideas to improve the communication and co-operation between the Blackmore Vale Partnership and its patients, to assist and foster the highest standards of primary health care.

Following the merger of the Abbey View & Sturminster Newton Practices to form the Blackmore Vale Partnership there are now two branches of the PPG:

Shaftesbury & Fontmell Magna (S&FM)

Sturminster Newton & Marnhull (SN&M)


Their activities are coordinated through a Steering Group which works closely with the Practice, discussing issues of concern to patients and the Practice, giving guidance and leadership.


B  V  P  P  P  G

 Bring people together

 Voice your opinion

 Provide information

 Participate in surveys

 Promote solutions

 Generate interest through publicity


What is the PPG aim and objective?

The aim of the PPG is to represent the views and interests of the patients within the local community.

This is achieved by:

  •                 Providing a medium for patients to give feedback and comments about the Practice to the PPG.
  •                Discuss with the Practice issues and suggestions raised by patients.
  •                 Encourage patients to take more responsibility for their health.
  •                  Organise events and talks of interest.

How does the PPG achieve this?

Surveys are one method of achieving information to determine the views of patients.  These can be carried out either online or in person at the surgery or other venue.

Results of surveys together with recommendations will be shared with the PPG membership and the Practice.

Another method is to hold events and meetings on specific health related topics.

 Ways of Taking Part

 Once you register with the Practice PPG, it’s your choice as to the extent of your involvement.

You can:

  •                simply receive information and Newsletters.
  •                complete surveys by email or at the surgery.
  •                 attend the PPG meetings which are generally held quarterly at the Shaftesbury & Sturminster Newton Medical Centres.


The PPG is not a forum to discuss individual complaints against the Practice or its staff.  These must be discussed/resolved using the Practice Complaints Procedure.

 How do you join the PPG?

If you wish to register you need to complete the Registration Form and email it to or hand it in to Reception at your Surgery.

New patients will be invited to join when they register with the Practice.


To request this document in an alternative format please contact - or ask at reception

Dates and Venues of Meetings



2020 - Provisional

Wednesday February 5th            S&FM PPG                  AVMC    19.00

Wednesday March 11th              SN&M PPG                  SNMC    19.30

Wednesday May 13th                 S&FM  PPG                 AVMC     19.00 

Wednesday June 24th                SN&M PPG                  SNMC    19.30

Wednesday September 23          S&FM PPG                  AVMC     19.00 

Wednesday September 30th       SN&M PPG                  SNMC     19.30

Wednesday December 2nd         SN&M PPG                  SNMC     19.30


S&FM           Shaftesbury & Fontmell Magna

SN&M           Sturminster Newton & Marnhull


AVMC           Abbey View Medical Centre, Shaftesbury

SNMC           Sturminster Newton Medical Centre


PPG meetings are open to all patients.

Our patient participation group represents our patients and works closely with the practice team as our ‘critical friend’ to help us continue to deliver a quality primary care service. 

If you are happy for us to contact you occasionally by email please click the link below to open the sign-up form and complete all the fields.

complete the form Complete the Patient Group Sign-up Form Online

We will be in touch shortly after we receive your form. Please note that no medical information or questions will be responded to.

The information you supply us will be used lawfully, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to know what information is held about you and sets out rules to make sure that this information is handled properly.

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