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Practice Charter

PRACTICE CHARTER

 

ALL MEMBERS OF THE SURGERY PRIMARY CARE TEAM ARE DEDICATED TO A QUALITY POLICY TO ACHIEVE HEALTH SERVICES WHICH MEET THE PATIENT'S REQUIREMENTS.

 

Practice Leaflet

All new patients will be offered a copy of our practice leaflet and copies will be available at the reception desk.

                         

Surgery Premises

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 practice

    • 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 the practice leaflet, website, waiting room notice board or individual leaflets, giving as much notice as practicable.

 

Repeat Prescriptions

To ensure the best possible knowledge of your personal health, these will be signed by one of your usual GP’s wherever possible. Repeat prescriptions can be ordered at the surgery, in person, by post, by fax or via the practice website (Please allow 2 working days notice)

 

Referrals



    • 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.



 

Test Results

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 2 pm – the staff will advise you how long the results will take to be reported)

 

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.

 

Privacy and Confidentiality

We will respect our patients' privacy, dignity and confidentiality at all times.

 

Appointments with a Doctor

For routine consultations we will endeavour to offer patients an appointment within ten working days of the request.   For medically urgent requests, we will offer an appointment on the same day and for problems which cannot wait for next routine appointment within 48 hours.

 

With a Practice Nurse:     For routine appointments we will endeavour to offer an appointment within five working days.If there is a delay in the appointment wait (when you arrive) of more than 20 minutes we will endeavour to let you know.

We are happy to update you on any delay situation if you feel that you have been waiting too long.

 

Home Visits

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 and is based on CLINICAL need for patients clinically housebound due to their current condition.

 

Practice Newsletter

We will publish an informative newsletter every season.

 

Out of Hours Emergencies

We will do everything possible to ensure that our system for contacting the duty doctor is easy to follow, reliable and effective.

 

Waiting Times



    • Surgeries will normally start on time.

    • Our aim is that patients will be seen within twenty minutes of their appointment time, and in the event of a delay we will offer an explanation.

    • When a doctor is called away on an emergency we will inform the patients and give them an opportunity to book an alternative appointment, 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 questions 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.

    • Patients are asked to give 48 hours notice for repeat prescriptions, this time is required 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.



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