The Friends of Capelfield is a registered charity, run by a democratically elected committee; it is responsible for producing a
newsletter (Capelfield News), organising fundraising events, arranging meetings of medical interest for patients - such as resuscitation courses or talks by medical professionals - and acting as a conduit for the exchange of information between the Practice and patients.

The committee meets four times a year and invites representatives from the Practice team to attend - this is usually the Practice Manager and a doctor.

However, the FoC is entirely self-funding and exists primarily to support and benefit patients; it is completely independent of Capelfield Surgery and as such is never involved in clinical or financial matters and decisions.  The committee is able and very happy to pass on questions and suggestions from patients; this can be done via an email to the chairman, John Bamford or a note dropped into the surgery marked for the attention of Friends of Capelfield.

A key part of the group's activities is fundraising; it has raised an impressive £128,000 since it was formed 20 years ago - thanks to the generosity of patients and the local community!  These funds have provided equipment and items for the surgery that could not be met within the NHS budget.  The most recent commitment is for a new large screen television for the waiting room plus the software and accessories needed to stream information from the internet.  Click here for more information on where the money has been spent.

The FoC was awarded a NHS Beacon Award for Patient Participation Groups in 20 in recognition of its "major contribution to doctor/patient relationships." 

Please  note: the FoC is unable to be involved in complaints - the Practice has a formal procedure for this, details of which are available on the Capelfield Surgery website or from the surgery itself.