ALL MEMBERS OF THE SURGERY PRIMARY CARE TEAM ARE DEDICATED TO A QUALITY POLICY TO ACHIEVE HEALTH SERVICES WHICH MEET THE PATIENT'S REQUIREMENTS.
All new patients will receive a copy of our practice leaflet and copies will be displayed at the reception desk.
Our surgery building will be welcoming, easy for patients to find their way around and appropriate to the needs of users, including the disabled.
Patients' rights to General Medical Services
Patients have the rights to:
- be registered with a General Practitioner
- change doctor if desired
- be offered a health check on joining the service
- receive emergency care at any time from the practice
- receive appropriate drugs and medicines
- be referred for specialist or second opinion if they and the GP agrees
- have the right to view their medical records, subject to the Acts and to know that those working for the NHS are under legal obligation to keep the contents confidential.
Changes to Procedures
When changes are introduced to practice procedures that affect patients, we will ensure that these are clearly explained, by means of its brochure; waiting room notice board or individual leaflets, giving as much notice as practicable.
Please allow 48 hours for the collection of repeat prescriptions.
- Urgent referrals to other health and social care agencies will be made within one working day of the patient consultation. Where requested, our GPs will refer you to a private health provider.
- We will normally process non-urgent referrals within five working days of the patient consultation or the doctor's decision to refer.
When a doctor or nurse arranges for a test to be taken the patient will be informed how to obtain the result. Results are normally available after 3pm the following day.
Transfer of Medical Records
The Practice will endeavour to dispatch any medical record required by the Health Authority within seven working days and same day if the request is urgent.
Private and Confidentiality
We will respect our patients' privacy, dignity and confidentiality at all times.
- With a Doctor: For routine consultations we will endeavour to offer patients an appointment on the same day, with the exception of Thursday evenings.
- With the Practice Nurse: For routine appointments, we will offer an appointment within 5 working days.
If there is a delay in the appointment wait (when you arrive) of more than 45 minutes we will let you know.
We are happy to update you on any delay situation if you feel that you have been waiting too long.
We are unable to guarantee a specific doctor will visit you as this depends on availability and other factors. The decision to home visit will be at the doctors' discretion.
Out of Hours Emergencies
We will do everything possible to ensure that our systems for contacting the duty doctor is easy to follow, reliable and effective.
- Surgeries will normally start on time.
- When a doctor is called away on an emergency we will inform the patients and give them an opportunity to return to a later surgery, or if preferred, to be seen by another doctor.
With these rights come responsibilities and for the patients this means:
- Courtesy to the staff at all times - remember they are working under doctors' orders.
- Responding in a positive way to qquestions asked by the reception staff.
- To attend appointments on time or give the practice adequate notice that they wish to cancel. Someone else could use your appointment!
- An appointment is for one person only - where another member of the family needs to be seen or discussed, another appointment should be made and the medical record be made available.
- Patients should make every effort when consulting the surgery to make best use of nursing and medical time - home visits should be medically justifiable and not requested for social convenience.
- When patients are asked to give 48 hours notice for repeat prescriptions, please give us time as it is to allow for accurate prescribing.
- Out-of-hours calls (e.g. evenings; nights & weekends) should only be requested if they are felt to be truly necessary.