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
Bath BA2 5DW
The Friends of Combe Down Surgery
Minutes of the A.G.M. held on Thursday, 17th March 2016
at Combe Down Surgery, at 7.00 pm
Our Chairman, Mr Keith Jordan welcomed twenty three members.
Apologies had been received from twenty nine members.
The Minutes of the A.G.M. held on Thursday, 26th March 2015 were approved.
Another year has passed by in record time, but the work of The Friends has gone on in the usual manner. Our fundraising has continued with our Coffee Mornings, a Summer Fete, a Christmas Coffee Morning, and the wonderful concert in Holy Trinity Church given by the Mendip Male Voice Choir and Bath Spa Band. This was a resounding success, and very much enjoyed by all. People are saying “what about next year?” but as yet, no decisions have been made.
We have been given donations in memory of patients who have passed away during the year, and we had a Bric a Brac stall at the Firs Field annual event, which brought in extra cash, and one or two new members.
The surgery vehicle is still working very well, and the request for more drivers has come up trumps. We have the regular drivers for Monday to Thursday, and we now have ten locum drivers on standby. Some of the drivers will have to stand down in a few years time, as the maximum age to be covered by Insurance, is eighty five years old. The increase in locum drivers, is due partly to the publicity given on the surgery television screen, which informs patients of what is happening in the surgery, and by word of mouth. We have paid for a television to be installed at Odd Down Surgery in the near future. We have had to increase the suggested donations for the vehicle, as the Expenses were not covered by Donations received by patients using it. There are two bands for suggested donations – a circle from the surgery to Entry Hill is £4.00, and outside that circle it is £5.00. Most patients feel that it is still excellent value for money, as a taxi from Chelwood Drive on Odd Down is £15.00 return.
We hope that increased publicity at the Branch, will bring a younger generation along, to replace those who will eventually have to stand down. We would welcome any ideas on how to get patients in the Branch Surgery area, to become more involved with The Friends.
It is time to thank our Doctors and the staff for caring for us; to Combe Down Garage for the care of our vehicle in sponsorship; to the Committee for their time given at meetings, Coffee Mornings, Fetes, etc.; to all the people who support us in our efforts to make lives that little bit more comfortable, and a Thank You to our wonderful drivers. Our drivers put in so much time and effort, and the patients think that they are all wonderful.
We have recently been sad to hear of the death of Phyllis Brown, a member of The Friends. This afternoon, some of us went to the Thanksgiving Service at Bath Central United Reformed Church. Her relatives asked us to pass on their thanks to Dr Smith for his care for Phyllis. For several years she has invited us to use her beautiful garden for our Summer Fetes. Phyllis had health issues, so we had decided to have the Summer Fete in the surgery garden this year. We are paying to have the apple trees pruned, the garden tidied up in general, and the drive down to the garden re- surfaced.
Thank you to anyone I may have forgotten. Thank you all for your continued support, and thanks for coming.
Statement of Accounts for year ending 31st December 2015
The Income in 2015 was £11,063.71 (£9,942.70 in 2014) and Expenses were £6,612.69, (£7,334.98 in 2014) giving a Net Surplus of £4, 451.02. This healthy surplus is partly due to the sterling efforts of our Chairman and Committee, in arranging Coffee Mornings, Summer Fete, and fabulous Christmas Concert, and there were two donations of £500. We are still keeping up our commitment to provide funds for extra equipment for the surgeries. We do not have to pay VAT on items bought that are classed as ‘medical’ equipment. We have recently paid £1400 plus VAT for new chairs at the Branch Surgery, and £400 for two Paramedic Bags, one for each surgery for storing Emergency Kits.
We have £10,391.17 with HSBC, and £52,500 with Virgin Money. One member commented on the large amount of money we have, and should we be asking the doctors if they need any specific equipment. Dr Robinson said that they are delighted with the financial support they get from us, and the surgery should be paying for certain things. The work on the garden and drive could cost £6,000 - £7,000, and although the vehicle is fine at present, it could need to be replaced some time in the future.
Our Treasurer is trying to encourage more members to pay their Annual Subscriptions by Standing Order, to cut down on postage and paper for renewal reminders. Members will also be reminded about Gift Aid. ( We had a refund of £443.98 in 2015).
The Trustees were re-appointed – Keith Jordan (Chairman), Emma Fletcher (Vice Chairman), Anne Meddick (Treasurer) and Mary Read (Secretary).
The Friends of Combe Down Surgery is now registered for Facebook. Hopefully, someone from the Surgery will be able to post information on it - i.e. new equipment bought for the Surgery, Coffee Mornings, etc.
It was suggested that the TV monitors could show a list of items which The Friends have paid for. A member asked about photographs which have been taken at Surgery events, but we were told that these cannot be displayed, unless the people’s permission has been given.
Dr Robinson was asked if there is any news on Mulberry Park; he said there are no plans for a G P Surgery, but there will be a few rooms for all local doctors to share.
Dr Robinson thanked us all for our help and support.
The meeting closed at 7.40 pm. It was followed by light refreshments provided by Keith and Cynthia Jordan. Mary Read then did an informal Quiz.