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Friends of Combe Down Surgery

Are you registered with Combe Down Surgery? If so, do you know about The Friends of Combe Down Surgery? We are a fundraising group which was set up in 1999, to raise funds to purchase equipment, etc. to assist in the smooth running of both the Main Surgery in Combe Down, and the Branch Surgery in Odd Down.

We hold monthly Coffee Mornings at Combe Down Surgery, usually the last Saturday in the month, and we have an Annual Sponsored Walk, and occasional Educational Evenings given by our Doctors or Nurses.

Initially we bought Blood Pressure Monitors, and plants and shrubs for the new Branch Surgery at Sulis Meadows. We have purchased Defibrillators for both Surgeries, and Staff have been trained how to use them in an emergency.

By 2006 we had raised enough money, with the help of some very generous donations, to purchase a Peugeot Montana, which has a ramp and wheelchair access. This vehicle is used on five mornings and one afternoon each week, to get elderly and infirm patients to their appointments at the Main Surgery. We are very fortunate to have a team of volunteer drivers. We ask for a small donation from the patients using the vehicle. We are very grateful to Combe Down Garage for sponsoring the servicing, etc. of the vehicle.

In 2010 we paid for the automatic door at the Main Surgery. This is a big advantage to patients in wheelchairs, or with walking aids or pushchairs. In 2011 we were left a large Legacy by a member of The Friends. We used this money to purchase several pieces of equipment for Sulis Meadows Surgery, including a lockable fridge for vaccines, a hydraulic couch for the Treatment Room, and an otoscope and ophthalmoscope, and we paid for a new ECG machine for Combe Down Surgery.

We have more recently provided otoscopes and ophthalmoscopes, and a new phlebotomy chair for the Main Surgery. We have also bought several chairs for both Surgeries, which have been fitted with ‘elephant feet’ to raise the height of the chairs.

Membership of The Friends is £5.00 per person annually, or £50.00 to become a Life Member. Members receive a Newsletter every few months, letting them know about future events.

If you would like to become a Friend, forms are available at both Surgeries.

Mary Read (Honorary Secretary)
Tel 01225 837457

Charity No. 1109889

22 Stonehouse Lane
Combe Down
Bath BA2 5DW

The Friends of Combe Down Surgery

Minutes of the A.G.M. held on Thursday, 30th March 2017

at Odd Down Surgery at 7.00 pm

Our Chairman, Mr Keith Jordan welcomed seventeen members.

Apologies had been received from twenty four members.

The Minutes of the A.G.M. held on Thursday, 17th March 2016 were approved.

Chairman’s Report

Once again, a very warm welcome to you all.

Our year has progressed in a very similar way as in previous years. Our fundraising has continued with the usual Coffee Mornings, Summer Fete, and our usual Christmas Coffee Morning which is always popular. This year we are having a Christmas Concert to be held at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday, 9th December. Make a date in your diaries.

Our surgery vehicle has been busy with patients using it on a regular basis, driven of course by our team of dedicated drivers. A big Thank You to them for their continued commitment. We have lost one driver this year this year through health reasons, but we have had a volunteer driver come forward at one of our Coffee Mornings, so as they say ‘one door closes, another one opens’. The input we are giving through Friends would not be possible without the continued support of all of you, so we and the Practice are very grateful for all the help that we receive. Thank You. This help and input was very noticeable recently when the Practice had a CQC (Care Quality Commission) inspection. This is an inspection where nothing is missed, and was given an ‘outstanding’ rating. I think that the Friends can take pleasure also in this award for the input they have provided over the years.

The new appointments system is working well, but could be better if patients were more responsible. Dr Robinson has written an article on ‘A Day in the Life of a G.P.’ It reads as follows:- “ On a typical day, a G.P. would arrive before 8 am, to prepare for the day, do paperwork and start seeing patients at 8.30 am. They will see 14 patients in a normal clinic and have at least 6 telephone appointments at the end of the session. If they are Duty Doctor they may see more patients and have to make more telephone calls within that session.

Approx 11 -11.30 am the GP will meet with other GPs for a quick coffee and a discussion about the home visits for the day. They will divide the visits amongst them and leave to do the visits soon after. Depending on the number of visits, sometimes up to 10 in any one day, the GP will return to the surgery to do paperwork, respond to emails, sign prescriptions, deal with incoming mail and hospital reports. They will eat their lunch ‘on the go’ and start the afternoon session at 3 pm, seeing at least 12 patients. Their day should finish at 6 pm but invariably they will be here until well after that time, catching up on more paperwork, such as referrals and dictation. They may have to attend an urgent home visit on their way home also. The GP may also have to attend meetings, either on site or at another venue. On average the surgery will have 8 patients who do not turn up for their appointments with a GP, Nurse Practitioner or Nurse, on any given day, which equates to 80 minutes. Sometimes the figure is higher than this”.

Dr Batterham then thanked The Friends on behalf of all the doctors. She commented that the back garden of the surgery is looking “really good”. Due to the development of Mulberry Park, it has been decided to refurnish a room at the back, to make another surgery. The Friends have committed themselves to give up to £15,000 to help fund this project. She told us that we were the only Surgery in B&NES to have an ‘outstanding’ report from CQC, and there were only 3% in the country to have an ‘outstanding’ report. Dr Batterham ended by telling us that she will be leaving Combe Down Surgery at the end of July.

The shed at the rear of the surgery has been re-felted, so it is watertight again. Our Chairman thanked our Treasurer, Secretary, and all Committee Members for their continued commitment. Also to Combe Down Garage for their sponsorship for our Surgery vehicle, and thanks to all the staff and the members here tonight, and also those who couldn’t make it, Thank you all.

Statement of Accounts for year ending 31st December 2016 given by Anne Meddick

The Income in 2016 was £9,448.10 (£11,063.71 in 2015) and Expenses were £8,309.64,

(£6,612.69 in 2015), giving a Net Surplus of £1,138.46

We have £11,529.63 with HSBC, and £52,500.00 with Virgin Money.

The Interest halved on our Virgin Money account, and there was less income from events, as we did not have a concert last year. From this year, we will not be paying Road Tax on the Surgery vehicle as it is now classed as a Disabled Passenger Vehicle, and should have been from the start, if we had been notified of the concession available.

We will be providing finance for the resurfacing of the driveway at Combe Down Surgery, which will make it so much better for our events in the garden. The party wall is being repaired at present, ready for the main work.

There will be more medical equipment purchased in the near future, and our Finances are in good health for this.

We are halfway through our programme of changing subscriptions to The Friends to a Standing Order only system, which is much more in keeping with modern methods, and means a big saving on stamps and paperwork. The time taken on administration was becoming difficult, not least because of my own poorer health. We are very grateful to all who have participated so far. So many members have given their approval to the change. Members who usually receive their reminders by post during the latter part of the year, will be notified of the change on the usual date.

Our Chairman (Keith Jordan),Treasurer (Anne Meddick) and Secretary (Mary Read) are all willing to continue as Trustees. Emma Fletcher had been our Vice Chairman, so we will need to appoint someone else. As it has been our policy to have someone from the Surgery staff, Keith will discuss this with Debbie Williams (Operations Manager) when she returns from holiday.

We will be hearing in April, if we have been selected again to be one of the chosen local charities, to receive money from the Co-op Local Community Fund.

Mr Ben Ashendan from Co-op Estate Planning, then gave us a very informative talk on ‘Tax, Care and Toy Boys’. He told us that having a Will, can avoid having family disputes when you die, and you can avoid paying Inheritance Tax if you leave your money to a Charity or a Political Party. More people are living longer, and we should be taking into account that we may need to pay for a place in a Care Home. One in three ladies end up in a Care Home. If a wife has a Toy Boy, and her husband dies, the Toy Boy would be entitled to half the Estate, and not the children, Property can be put into a Property Trust, and it will not be ‘means tested’. It is advisable to take out Power of Attorney, while you are still mentally alert, and if you take out a Funeral Plan, it saves the family worrying about not having enough money to pay for the Funeral.

The evening ended with light refreshments, provided by Keith and Cynthia Jordan.


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