Have your Medication Reviewed!

Have your Medication Reviewed!

As we get older our bodies change and so all medication should be reviewed in a timely fashion.

Long term medication reviews needed:

If you or someone you know has been on medication long term and not had a recent review, it would be wise to request one.

We know of someone who recently almost died because their medication was no longer suitable. The person collapsed at home and was rushed to A & E where eventually the doctors realised the cause.   The current prescription, for high blood pressure, caused a significant drop in BP and the collapse. It could have been fatal. In addition the medication they had been on had been superseded by a more modern and effective drug.

All surgeries are experiencing extremely high demand, for example 800 calls on a Monday morning. Their main reason for not being able to respond to all is literally they cannot recruit and retain enough staff.  They have a statutory duty to provide enough staff for the number of people in the village but cannot get to that marque. We all understand and appreciate how hard our Medical Practice is working and the pressure they are under,  but we must also remember to care for ourselves and our loved ones.

Please request a review, it can help if you write to the practice rather than phone.

Please pass this on.

Cranleigh Society meeting & AGM 7pm Band room 7th December 2022

Cranleigh Society meeting & AGM 7pm Band room 7th December 2022

Cranleigh Society public meeting & AGM   7pm Band room 7th December 2022

Dear Members and followers

We invite you to join us on Wednesday 7th December 2022

We will provide refreshments and time to chat, and look at our displays before giving presentations.

News updates include

Cranleigh Heritage Cottage Hospital – now known as Napper Cottage project. Members will be asked to vote.

Planning issues

Cranleigh’s waterways and rivers health report, flooding risks; Riparian duties of all those with ditches etc.

Updates regarding infrastructure and services

Councils’ update including Leisure Centre and High Street Changes

Committee business and members’ votes

We look forward to seeing you,

Please let us know if you are coming

The Team

Patient Participation Group for Cranleigh Medical Practice?

Patient Participation Group for Cranleigh Medical Practice?

Cranleigh Medical Practice are recruiting to restart their PPG (Patient Participation Group). If you would like to be considered by them to join the group please go to the medical centre and collect an application form, by the end of June.

Doctors have Patient Participation Groups (PPG) to help them understand how they are helping us and how they can improve.

They also want us to learn how to help ourselves and each other. 

Cranleigh Medical Practice Patient Participation Group – PPG – is coming back!

When we experience ill-health and need medical help…

Who can we tell?  How can services be understood, reported, improved and celebrated?

Doctors at GP surgeries, hospitals and outpatients, home nursing and care, minor injuries, urgent care, accident and emergency, 111, pharmacy – getting the right answers can be difficult and telling our stories can really help us in many ways.  Major changes and upsets throughout the Covid era have left us all with stories to tell about our  ill-health needs, and how they have been met. Going forwards we want to rely on the services and to get it right when we contact them.

The fact that they don’t currently have a PPG is interesting and not quite right. A recent visit to another GP Practice revealed that ‘All patients registered at the practice are automatically members of the Patient participation Group’. A notice was pinned up in the surgery for all to view. (Source – The Heron GP Practice Herne Bay, Kent) Some practices have a working group and also on-line meetings for anyone who is a patient on the register.

What is a PPG and what can they achieve?

A Patient Participation Group (PPG) is a group of patients, carers and GP practice staff who meet to discuss practice issues and patient experiences to help improve the service. Since April 2015, it has been a contractual requirement of NHS England for all GP practices to have a PPG and to make reasonable efforts for this to be representative of the practice population.


The purpose of the Patient Participation Group (PPG) is to ensure that patients and carers are involved in decisions about the range, shape and quality of services provided by their Practice. The requirement aims to promote the proactive and innovative involvement of patients and carers through the use of effective PPGs and to act on a range of sources of patient and carer feedback in order to improve the services delivered by the Practice.

The role of the PPG includes:

  • being a critical friend to the Practice
  • advising the Practice on the patient perspective and providing insight into the responsiveness and quality of services
  • encouraging patients to take greater responsibility for their own and their family’s health
  • carrying out research into the views of those who use the Practice
  • organising health promotion events and improving health literacy
  • ongoing communication with the patient population

The previous long-term members were let go during the pandemic and informed that they would be replaced in due course. The former members, of a wide age range, included young parents, retired nurses, members of other local representative bodies, including the Hospital League of Friends, Lions Club and other respected members of the community. Perhaps a fresh approach, more diverse, is required.

It is also common practice for PPG’s to be affiliated to the National Association for Patient Participation.

If you feel you’d like to be part, please obtain an application form from the GP Practice reception desk. Hurry though, it closes at the end of June!

Trevor Dale

Chair, Cranleigh Civic Society


Care Home & Accommodation Block

Care Home & Accommodation Block

CVHT & HC-One information and update – Did you know?

Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust (CVHT) has a Covenant on the land- formally known as The Paddock– with Cranleigh Parish Council.  The wording of the Covenant was changed legally from “Not at any time to use the Property for any purpose other than for the benefit of the local community including recreation use” in 2010 to the following in 2013:

“Not at any time to use the Property for any purpose other than:

  1. Use as a care or nursing home
  2. Any medical or healthcare use
  3. Any Community use
  4. Any other use which Cranleigh Parish Council approves (such approval not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed).

The solicitor states that this Covenant is legally binding and the land exchange cannot be reversed without the consent of both parties.

see links: Cranleigh Parish Council’s website has all the history of the meetings and agreements on its website –

News/Cranleigh village Hospital Trust/8 March 2019

then 5 September 

News/Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust/  5 Sept 2019.

You might also like to read the websites for yourself: Cranleigh Hospital League of Friends

And Here Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust

In addition – in 2010 the Parish Council’s solicitor and CVHT’s solicitor organised an informal exchange of letters – not a legally binding agreement – about the future of the land if not built on within 5 years of the land transfer (15 Dec 2010): “discussions will take place between the parties regarding the site and its future use”

Cranleigh Parish Council agreed to CVHT and the land owner of a nearby field creating a replacement and better sports field that has full sized football pitches on it at their  cost (circa £90k). The field is bounded by land which is being turned into a public park which has been approved by Waverley Borough Council. The access for the Park is being shared by Bruce Mackenzie Field and that work was recently completed. Bruce Mackenzie Field has full right of access to Knowle Lane.

A care home provider named HC One has applied for planning permission with the Charity Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust in 2018  to build a Care home which includes 20 Community Beds. They believe that the  NHS and Surrey County Council will take out contracts with HC-One to use the beds – meaning if people need a Community bed they can be offered a bed in Cranleigh – free at the point of use.The occupancy of the BEDS will be decided by the National Health Service and Surrey County Council – e.g. anyone who needs hospital care but not acute attention and who lives in and around the area.  The NHS and SCC state that this will usually be people who live in and nearby to Cranleigh.

Medical staff and Social Care staff state there is a great need for community beds that provide care for respite care, continuing care, convalescence, rehabilitation, and end of life care.  CVHT & its supporters state that there is a shortage of community beds (to relieve acute hospitals), care home places and accommodation that lowest paid staff can afford.

There is also a lot of work going on to promote this site as an excellent Care Home and Community Beds – better than most – helped by the villagers to ensure very high standards.

Did you know that the planning application includes a separate building – an Accommodation Block comprising 26 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and 2 kitchens – one on each of two floors?

CVHT will have control over occupancy of the rooms and are not bound by “Key workers” definitions as this is a private, discrete development. It will be to provide low cost housing for any health workers in the area.

For more information please see Waverley’s web site. click here – WBC Planning

Don’t forget that people can always get help to look at the internet by going to our excellent Library staff who have computers and time to help. 

Waverley Borough council website – planning applications  code WA/2018/1966 Valid From 05/11/2018


Erection of a building to provide an 80 bed care home including 20 community beds together with a building to provide health workers accommodation with access from knowle lane associated parking and ancillary works.

WBC Meetings

Joint Planning Committee
Wednesday, 25th September, 2019 6.30 pm

The agenda does not include this planning application – we will look out for a meeting that does. 

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming



Urgent Care Review Friday 6th Sept 10 till 12:30 Village Hall

Urgent Care Review Friday 6th Sept 10 till 12:30 Village Hall

Consultation: Urgent Care Review in Guildford and Waverley

NHS England are requiring all areas to provide the same standards of access to treatments – minor injuries units are to be abolished – Urgent Care Centres will be developed, and more must be provided for less……  have your say – see list of meetings below – 

Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are planning to review the urgent care services across Guildford and Waverley to identify what changes need to be made to ensure they meet the changing needs of the population.

Local health and care services, like most places in the country are under pressure and people sometimes struggle to access the care they need when they need it. Nationally the over-reliance on emergency and urgent care services is at risk of becoming unmanageable and most areas are now looking at ways to change and improve their urgent care services.

We know from the NHS England guidance on Urgent Treatment Centres that Minor Injury Units and Walk-in Centres cannot continue to operate in their current form. When developing their new urgent care model, Guildford and Waverley CCG will consider what is already working well and how any changes they propose complement the new ways of working, that have been, or are about to be, introduced.

The ‘Better Care Together‘ document provides further details on the programme – what urgent care is, current urgent care services, why these services need to change, next steps and how to get involved.

In September 2019, Guildford and Waverley CCG are running a series of drop-in engagement workshops:

  • Godalming Masonic Hall – Thursday 5th September, 6pm-8.30pm
  • Cranleigh Village Hall – Friday 6th September, 10am-12.30pm
  • Emmanuel Church, Stoughton – Tuesday 10th September, 10am-12.30pm
  • G Live, Guildford – Thursday 12th September, 6pm-8.30pm
  • Haslewey Community Centre, Haslemere – Monday 16th September, 6pm-8.30pm
  • Liphook Millennium Centre – Tuesday 17th September, 6pm-8.30pm

They are also conducting an online survey which can be accessed here