Graham Shepherd, who lives in Shrewsbury will soon be celebrating his 76th birthday. A retired Chartered Engineer, he has dedicated the last six years to championing the patient voice working with Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other health services.
With no intention of slowing down, Graham has reflected on his journey as a patient representative.
New technology being trialled in rural Shropshire and Powys could reduce the need for lengthy and unnecessary trips to hospital.
A new “Point of Care Testing (POCT) Pack” means tests that formerly could only be carried out in hospital laboratories can now be performed in patients’ homes. And the results can be known in the space of minutes rather than days.