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***URGENT PATIENT NOTICE - COVID-19 VIRUS***

If you are unwell with a high temperature (37.8C or higher) or a new continuous cough, please stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days from the onset of your symptoms regardless of your travel history or contact with confirmed cases. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY, A PHARMACY OR TO A&E. Please go to the NHS 111 online service https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ if you have serious symptoms that cannot be managed at home or have had no improvement of your symptoms after 7 days. Please only ring NHS111 if you cannot get online. Please note a cough may persist for several weeks for some people. However, this does mean you need to stay at home for more than 7 days.

As you will be aware, COVID-19 virus is a new illness that is spreading across the UK. As such we are taking actions to protect our patients, our staff and our community by introducing a new telephone triage system for GP appointments. Our aim is to significantly reduce the footfall through our surgery in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, in line with national guidance.

All GP appointments will initially be on the telephone. If you have an appointment booked with a GP, please do not come to the surgery - please stay at home and the doctor will call you as near to the allocated time as possible. The GP will do all they can to help you over the phone - however, should they feel the need to see you face to face for an examination, you will be invited to the surgery for review. Please either telephone the surgery or use the patient online access service to book appointments. We are no longer booking appointments face to face at reception. Patients will be screened by telephone for all pre-booked nurse and HCA appointments.  Please do not come to the surgery unless you have been invited to do so by a clinician.

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and to prevent the spread of infection, for the immediate future we are temporarily disabling the ability for patients to book face to face appointments online. However, you will still be able to book telephone appointments online. Please note you can still request repeat prescriptions online.

Please click here https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ if you have to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer. If you have to stay at home but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home. If you can work at home, you will not need an isolation note.

 

Practice Policies

Confidentiality & Medical Records

Locked blue folderThe practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:

  • To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
  • To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
  • When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.

If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.

Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.

Freedom of Information

Information about the General Practitioners and the practice required for disclosure under this act can be made available to the public. All requests for such information should be made to the Practice Manager.

Access to Medical Records

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and Access to Health Records Act, patients may request to see their medical records. Such requests should be made on the subject access request form below. Under the Data Protection Act you will not normally be charged a few to view your health records or to be provided with a copy of them unless the request is judged to be unfounded or excessive. No information will be released without the patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.

Please see the attached patient leaflet on how you can make a subject access request.

Making a Subject Access Request

Subject access requests need to be made on the below form and returned to the practice along with photo ID so the practice can verify your identity.

Subject Access Request Form

Complaints

Customer service formWe make every effort to give the best service possible to everyone who attends our practice.

However, we are aware that things can go wrong resulting in a patient feeling that they have a genuine cause for complaint. If this is so, we would wish for the matter to be settled as quickly, and as amicably, as possible.

To pursue a complaint please contact the Practice Manager who will deal with your concerns appropriately. Further written information is available regarding the complaints procedure from reception.

Violence Policy

The NHS operate a zero tolerance policy with regard to violence and abuse and the practice has the right to remove violent patients from the list with immediate effect in order to safeguard practice staff, patients and other persons. Violence in this context includes actual or threatened physical violence or verbal abuse which leads to fear for a person’s safety. In this situation we will notify the patient in writing of their removal from the list and record in the patient’s medical records the fact of the removal and the circumstances leading to it.



 
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