Patient Participation Group

What is the PPG?

You are already a member of Minchinhampton Patient Participation Group (PPG) if you are registered as a patient at Minchinhampton Surgery.

  • The PPG Committee is a patient group elected by the Annual General Meeting (AGM), to which all Minchinhampton Surgery patients are invited.
  • PPG members do whatever we can to promote excellence in our surgery, and we hope you join in. We are especially looking forward to a new surgery / health centre building for Minchinhampton, and we need your help in the consultation process.
  • To receive the latest news, consultations, and meeting details, please email We look forward to hearing from you and, we hope, meeting you.

PPG aims & objectives

  • Promote positive relations between patients and the practice
  • Encourage health promotion and personal responsibility
  • Provide a patient voice when new services are being planned or when services might be withdrawn
  • Encourage and help implement any patient-led research projects
  • Provide patient feedback to the surgery, including compliments, comments, and concerns
  • Assist the surgery and its patients by providing a Volunteer Transport Service for patients needing to attend the surgery and other local medical facilities or hospitals

PPG meetings

All Committee meetings are currently held at The Cotswold Club in Minchinhampton High Street at 7pm on a Wednesday, as announced.

  • All Minchinhampton patients are welcome at PPG meetings.
  • Please email the PPG secretary Ian McPherson ( in advance if you wish to attend and/or receive a copy of the agenda or minutes.

The PPG held their last AGM on Wednesday 27 September 2023 at 7pm in the Porch Room at Minchinhampton Parish Church (Holy Trinity). The speaker was David Rawlings, Stroud District Council Development Officer for Children and Young People’s work. Light refreshments were available.

PPG officers (2023-24)

Current PPG officers

  • Chair: Eve Jackman
  • Vice chair: Gervase Hamilton
  • Treasurer: Brian Whitaker
  • Transport officer: Gerald Ford
  • Secretary: Ian McPherson
  • Immediate past chair: Graham Spencer

Minchinhampton Surgery has two representatives on the Committee. Currently these are:

  • Kerry Thompson (Practice Manager)
  • Dr Freddie Walker (GP Partner)

Patient Volunteer Transport

Need help getting to medical appointments? The Minchinhampton PPG offers friendly and cheap patient transport to this surgery, local hospitals, dentists, physiotherapists, and opticians. Please find more information about the Patient Volunteer Transport scheme and how booking arrangements can be made here. Please note: the current PPG transport charge is 60p per mile.

For other information about booking options for transport to Hospitals or getting help with travel costs, please click here.

New drivers who can help the scheme are always welcome and very much needed. If you are new to this area, driving with us is a great ice-breaker. You get to know the area much better and meet a variety of wonderful people. If you would like to find out more information about the transport scheme, please click here. If you would like to volunteer, please talk to one of our organisers by calling 01453 887314 or emailing

Practice rating

The PPG Committee has contributed to successive ratings of the practice by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as “Overall Outstanding” (last published 2018). Please support your PPG and help the practice to continue to be rated outstanding. Please find full details of the report here.

Latest PPG meeting minutes

February 2024

November 2023

September 2023 (AGM)

June 2023

April 2023

March 2023

February 2023

September 2022 (AGM)