Your Doctor’s Responsibilities
To treat you with respect and courtesy at all times.
To treat you as an individual, and to discuss with you the care and treatment we can provide.
To give you full information on the services we offer.
To give you the most appropriate care by suitably qualified staff.
To provide you with emergency care when you need it.
To refer you to a consultant acceptable to you when necessary.
To give you access to your health records, subject to any limitations in the law.
Help Us To Help You
Our aim is to offer our patients a fast, efficient and friendly service. However, to enable us to do this we require some help from yourselves.
1. Please do not request home visits unless you are housebound or genuinely too ill to attend
2. If you have several problems you wish to discuss with the doctor, please ask for a longer
appointment. Hurried consultations are unsatisfactory for both the doctor and the patient
3. The out-of-hours service is for emergencies and urgent problems which cannot wait until the following day to be seen. Please do not abuse this service.
4. If you are unable to attend an appointment, please cancel as early as possible, as this frees the appointment for someone else.
5. We always welcome suggestions with regard to any changes we can make to improve patient care and the services we offer. If you have any suggestions, please let us know by putting your ideas in writing to the practice manager.
We ask for your personal information so that you can receive appropriate care and treatment. This information is recorded on computer and we are registered under the Data Protection Act. The practice will ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained at all times by all members of the practice team. However, for the effective functioning of a multi-disciplinary team, it is sometimes necessary that medical information about you is shared between members of the practice team.
Comments & Complaints
We are happy to accept and consider comments and suggestions from our patients. Please present your views in writing at reception.
All NHS practices are required to operate a complaints procedure. Our aim is to give you the best possible service at all times. If, however, you do have a complaint, this should be made in writing to the practice manager.
It is most important that you inform us as soon as possible if any of your personal circumstances change; for example, you can change your name upon marriage, have a new telephone number or if you move to a new address. Please do note that if you move to an address outside the practice area, it will be necessary for you to register with another practice in your new locale.
Freedom Of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 obliges the practice to produce a Publication Scheme. A Publication Scheme is a guide to the ‘classes’ of information the practice intends to routinely make available.
This scheme is available from reception.
The practice supports the NHS policy of zero tolerance with regard to violence or abuse directed towards the doctor, staff or others on the practice premises or other locations where treatment may take place. Persons abusing this policy may be reported to the police and removed from the practice list.
Your Responsibilities As A Patient
To treat all staff with respect and courtesy at all times.
To tell us if you are unsure about the treatment we are offering you.
To ask for a home visit only when the patient is unable to attend the medical centre through illness or infirmity.
To request such a visit if at all possible before 10.00am.
To ask for an out-of-hours visit only when necessary.
To keep your appointments and to contact the medical centre in advance if you cannot.
To be punctual for appointments and to make a separate appointment for each member of the family wishing to see the doctor.
Not to expect a prescription from every consultation with the doctor. There may be other options for treatment.
To take medicines according to the instructions and to only ask for a repeat prescription if you need one.
To let us know if you change your name, address or telephone number.