Friends of the Surgery
In 1994, Dr Watson & Nurse Sandra Pugh founded the FRIENDS of the Surgery. Their aim was to enable the purchase of amenities for the patients’ benefit, which could not be provided by the NHS. These amenities are usually requested by members of staff; via the Practice Manager. Over the ensuing 25 years many such ‘extras’ have been funded or part-funded. They include automatic doors; air control in the main waiting room; a new phlebotomy chair, ECG machine, Audio booth & necessary equipment, sign-in machine, home-use blood-pressure monitors, dopplers, a medical couch, and an intranet TV screen in both waiting areas. The purchase currently in hand is the instalment of an automatic door to the main waiting room.
There is no joining routine and, therefore no subscriptions. All adult patients (over 16 years of age) are automatically included as “Friends”.