Leighton Road Surgery, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
1 Leighton Road
Leighton Buzzard
Beds LU7 1LB
Tel: 01525 372571
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Patient Participation Group Members

Arthur Deacon

I have lived in the area since 1994. I worked for Air BP in a number of roles focussed on fuel storage, into plane refuelling services and quality assurance.

I have taken more interest in the NHS since being part of the steering group that helped to set up Leighton Buzzard Voluntary Patient Transport (LBVPT). LBVPT provides transport to the three local hospitals for the elderly and vulnerable that do not have any other means of attending hospital appointments. I am currently the Treasurer and look after the administration of LBVPT.

I joined the PPG in July 2017 to offer my skills and have input into the running of the PPG.

Pat Gazeley

I have lived in Leighton Buzzard for over ten years. Prior to retirement I worked in the Head Office of Remploy Plc, a large government scheme to employ disabled and able bodied staff. I worked as part of the finance team.

When we moved to Leighton Buzzard we registered at Leighton Road Surgery. Impressed with the Surgery and in order to gain a greater understanding of the running of the Practice I joined the PPG to support them and to put forward the patients’ point of view.

I am a mother and a grandmother and I enjoy spending time with my family.

Mary Glendinning NAPP Representative

Born in Liverpool, my first job was in the Path Lab of a large Liverpool Hospital. I moved to Cheddington in 1972 and I and my family have been patients at the Leighton Road Surgery since that time. I returned to my career in Cellular Pathology at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1981. In the 1990s I did a vocational degree in Biomedical Sciences at Westminster University in London.

I retired in 2005 but did return on a part time basis due to staff shortages in 2007. I joined the PPG as I am interested in the efficiency and effective delivery of our health services and hoped that 28 years working in the Health Service locally would enable me to be a useful member of this group. Since joining I have been encouraged by the commitment of the other members and by how the surgery embraces the concept of patient involvement in enabling them to give the best service they can. 

David Long Chair of LB PPG Network

I have been a resident of Leighton Buzzard since 1967; married with two grown up sons.

I retired in late 2005 from a sales career spanning 35 years for a major building material company manufacturing products allied to the Plumbing and Building trade. Prior to this I was a plumber by trade.

I am a great believer in putting back into society what you have taken out. I felt that by joining the PPG at Leighton Road Surgery I would be able to play my part by drawing on both my life and work experiences. I have found being a member of this group to be enjoyable and fulfilling.

John Monkhouse PPG Network member

I have lived in Leighton Buzzard since 1997. I have a particular interest in child and adolescent mental health having worked as a teacher for nearly 40 years. I was Vice Chair of Grovebury Road PPG before the merger and am the locality representative on the Patient and Public Engagement Forum of the BCCG.

I am an enthusiastic member of the Walking4Health group and I enjoy theatre and cinema.

Judith O'Byrne

I have lived in Leighton Buzzard since 2003 and have been a patient at Leighton Road Surgery since then. I joined the PPG in May 2017.

For 38 years, I was the Practice Manager for a small practice in Hertfordshire. Apart from the managerial side, part of my role involved seeing patients on a 1:1 at the Smoking Cessation Clinic and also medical coding all patient records. Based on my work experience I feel that I can be useful to the work of the PPG.

Mary Prior LRS PPG Chair, PPG Network Member, a patient representative on LBCB

I moved to Linslade in 1974 and apart from three years in the early Eighties, when I was abroad, I have lived here ever since. My background is in education and I have taught in several local schools.

I have been a member of Leighton Road Surgery PPG since 2011 and joined in order to develop a greater understanding of the running of the Practice as well as all the changes in the NHS and how they impact on both the Practice and the patients. It also gives me the opportunity, along with the other members, to work with the Practice, have some input into new proposals and to put forward the views of the patients. As well as being a member of LRS PPG I am also a member of the Leighton Buzzard Network PPG and a patient representative on Leighton Buzzard Clinical Board.

Tony Redford

I have lived in Leighton Buzzard since 1973 and Linslade since 1980. After a very varied 42 year career in banking (30 years as a commuter) I retired in 2008 just before, but not the cause of, the Banking crash.

Whilst no longer married I have two children and four grandchildren.

I registered with Leighton Road Surgery upon the closure of the Mentmore Road Surgery. I am impressed by the forward thinking of LRS and pleased to give something back by joining the PPG in 2013.

Brian Scott LRS PPG Vice Chair, LB PPG Network member, LB Voluntary Patient Transport Chair

I was first registered at what is now Leighton Road Surgery in the late 1940s. I moved away in the 1960s but came back to Leighton Buzzard in the 1970s and re-registered at the Practice.

Educated at a Grammar School I decided that I was not well suited to academia and spent all but seven years of my working life in sales. For the seven missing years, I was a Practice Manager at a three surgery, eight doctor Practice in Hertfordshire. This has given me a good understanding of what life is like from the other side of the fence and what is, and is not, possible for GPs to deliver.

For the final twenty-five years of my working life I ran my own business and despite technically being retired, one day a week still go around a small number of my old customers to help them out. Other than that, I enjoy walks and gardening and seeing my eight grandchildren.

I joined the PPG in 2012 and I am one of the PPG representatives who attend the Leighton Buzzard PPG Network. The Network was formed in 2013 with the objective of identifying and addressing the needs of our local community on a range of healthcare services. I am the Chairman of the Leighton Buzzard Voluntary Patient Transport organisation and also a Healthwatch volunteer.

John Smith

I was originally a member of Grovebury Road Surgery PPG and after the merger I moved to Leighton Road Surgery PPG. I have very little knowledge of medical matters but can recognise problems within the structure and procedures of organisations and hopefully, together with the other members of the PPG, I can contribute to the development of the Practice in the future. I also have a knowledge and understanding of the needs of patients living in the surrounding villages.