Friends of Parkwood Surgery

Friends of Parkwood Surgery Newsletter - September 2022

Welcome to our new look newsletter!

Welcome to our FPS Autumn Newsletter and welcome to our new members!

This is a time of lots of changes for everyone. The ‘ new normal’ of the pandemic has become yet another ‘new normal’ with changes to almost everything we took for granted prior to March 2020. There are scare stories in the media about almost everything, and I’m sure that many of us are finding it hard to grapple with the changes in how we access one of the basics: health care. This is where FPS comes in for patients of Parkwood Surgery.

Good health is not just about the absence of being ill. It encompasses almost everything about us all, whatever age and whatever our circumstances, from just getting on with daily life, ‘keeping going’ in these troubling times, through to our physical health and mental health. In FPS, as patients ourselves , and representatives of you as patients, we are committed to being the bridge between patients and the Surgery- but to enable us to do this effectively, we need to know from YOU what it is that’s working well in the Surgery and what’s keeping you awake at night.

We’re hoping to be able to meet you at the surgery from time to time and we will be at the ‘flu clinics helping out as usual. Do come and talk with us. Look at our new website and put faces to us alongside any events that are planned. There is a contact form – no personal complaints please – we’re happy to hear from you on any subject affecting you as patients of Parkwood Drive.

Yvonne Metcalf

FPS Chair

Logo of Parkwood Surgery - a green filigree tree with the words 'Parkwood Surgery' next to it
News from the surgery

It’s that time of year again when we must start planning for the flu season!

Parkwood Surgery will be holding numerous flu clinics starting mid to late September!

For those that are eligible to have the flu vaccine this year, the surgery will be starting to send out invitations from next week! This will be via a text message so please ensure that you have your contact details up to date.

Covid Autumn Boosters will be commencing from early September also, starting with our care home residents and housebound patients. This is co-ordinated by the same team from the Maxted Road vaccination site.  They will be sending out text invitations for eligible patients to book for a clinic which will be held at various GP surgeries around Hemel Hempstead.  You can also book online via the NHS at or by calling NHS 111.

Changes to FPS membership
 The Friends of Parkwood Surgery, FPS, has been our Patient Group for more than 12 years, supporting patients and representing your views when working with the practice to help influence and deliver improvements.
The FPS committee consists of patients who volunteer their time to represent your views, requirements and feedback to the practice about the services provided to you, and how they can be made more effective and more aligned to your needs.
We receive a lot of very positive feedback about the work that FPS does: both the Committee and the Practice are keen to reach as many Parkwood patients as possible. To do this, the FPS Committee has decided to implement a new membership policy, which the Practice fully supports.
In summary:
  • All new patients joining Parkwood Surgery will be automatically enrolled as members of FPS
  • All existing patients of Parkwood Surgery will be enrolled as members of FPS on 19th September 2022
  • From this date, FPS communications will be issued by the Practice on behalf of the FPS Committee using the data the surgery holds for you
  • FPS Communications will consist of a regular newsletter and additional messages to promote specific events, such as health talks
  • No data will be shared by the Practice with the PPG
You will no longer need to complete an annual membership form; all patients will automatically be members of FPS and receive our communications.
If you are happy to receive FPS communications, no action is required: we will automatically enrol you on 19th September 2022.
If you would prefer not to receive FPS communications, you can opt out by contacting the surgery via their website.
For more information about the Friends of Parkwood Surgery, please see our About Us pages on our website.
Health Talk – ‘Seeing Isn’t Believing!’
We’re delighted to be able to organise a face-to-face health talk for the first time since 2019.
In ‘Seeing Isn’t Believing!’, Mr Nigel Cook from Thie Optometrists covers 4,000 years of eye health in just one hour.
This health talk will take place on Thursday 29th September at 7pm at Parkwood Surgery. Due to the size of the venue, advance booking will be required.
Visit our Events page for more details and to book.
We want your ideas!
If eye health isn’t something that you’re interested in, we want your ideas over topics for future health talks.
Let us know what you’d like to see by filling in this form.
Diabetes Support Group
Are you living with diabetes and would like to connect with others in a similar situation?
Herts & West Essex Diabetes Support Group (HWE DSG) was established earlier this year to support people with diabetes across the Hertfordshire and west Essex area.
Run by people with diabetes and supported by the Herts and West Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) it provides:
  • free monthly webinars for people with, or at risk of, diabetes
  • access to all previous webinar recordings
  • a regular newsletter
  • access to a private Facebook group for support and guidance
  • support to our healthcare professionals for the co-design of services.
The upcoming seminar on Wednesday 21st September, with Lead Diabetes Clinical Pharmacist Charles Odiase, will look at the latest developments in medications for Type 2 diabetes.
Find more information, including how to sign up to the diabetes medications T2 seminar on Eventbrite.