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Patient Participation Group


Your Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Keith Health Centre is ahead of the game in welcoming a Patient Participation Group to be very much part of how the practice connects with its patients. Many Health Centres seem not to be prepared to seek comment and advice from those they serve. Not so Keith, where they have been working with the PPG for more than ten years.

They people who form the membership are drawn from the community.   They are responsible for representing the interests of all patients to ensure the medical care they receive is delivered to a high standard and in a manner appropriate to each patient. No individual patient is ever discussed or named!

Our tasks may be as simple as providing the magazine rack in reception, to the ongoing efforts to provide new facilities for Health and Social Care, including a hospital!

You may have seen the PPG represented at the Keith Show, enjoyed a cuppa after your flu injection last autumn or read of our efforts in the press. We meet formally four times a year at the Health Centre, and from time to time in the Ugie Hotel or elsewhere to progress our plans. We are actively seeking new members and the addition of some younger folk would be most welcome.

If you are interested, please call me, Leon Stelmach (Chair) on 07785 940104.



  1. Name - The name of the group shall be "Keith Health Centre Patient Participation Group".  Thereafter called the Group.
  2. Purpose of the Group - The purpose of the Group is to comment and advise on matters pertaining to the Health Centre, the service it delivers and make any recommendations to the Health Centre that it feels may improve the service and delivery of healthcare to the population of Keith.
  3. Membership - Membership shall be open to any patient registered with the Keith Medical Group or employee of the Keith Health Centre.
  4. Constitutional procedures - The group shall consist of a Chairperson and members.  The Chairperson should be elected by the membership of the group and hold the post for two years.  The group shall consist of no more than 12 members of whom no more than four shall be appointed from the Practice.  Where any subject cannot be agreed by consensus each member shall have one vote and the Chairman will hold a casting vote.  A quorum for decision making will consist of a minimum of 3 patients.  The practice may reject any recommendation but shall provide a competent explanation for the rejection.  The group shall meet quarterly, usually in Keith Health Centre.

Contact:    Leon Stelmach, Smallburn House, Cairnie, Huntly  AB54 4UE -


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