Confidentiality & Medical Records
The 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.
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Access to Records
In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Access to Health Records Act, patients may request to see their medical records. Such requests should be made through the practice manager and may be subject to an administration charge. No information will be released without the patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.
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We 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.
We have a form you may wish to use to record your issues which you could pass on to our manager. Walkden Medical Centre Complant Form
Further written information is available regarding the complaints procedure from reception and available here.
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.
Do Not Attend (DNA) Policy
When a patient does not attend for an appointment it makes it impossible to allocate to another patient. We implement a DNA, do not attend, policy.
Walkden Medical Centre DNA Policy
Where possible a clinical should be satisfied that a patient understands and consents to a proposed treatment, immunisation or investigation. We have a consent policy in place within the practice.
Walkden Medical Centre Practice Charter
We would like to make all our patients aware of their rights when they visit us and also their responsibilities. The care of your health is a partnership between yourself and the primary healthcare team. The success of the partnership depends on an understanding of each other's needs and cooperation between us
Our responsibility to you:
- you will be greeted courteously
you have a right to confidentiality
new patients will be directed to our website
our surgery building will be welcoming easy for patients to find their way around and appropriate to the needs of users including the disabled
you have the right to register with an NHS practice subject to the practices acceptance criteria this will not be based upon sex age gender sexual orientation race religion or disability
be allocated a named accountable
GP request to see a certain GP however whether they are available cannot be guaranteed
see your medical records subject to the limitations of the law
have your treatment explained properly to you, we have interpreter services available on request
be referred for necessary treatment with a specialist when your GP thinks it is necessary
you will be given the result of any test on request at your next appointment
complain, if you feel it is necessary, to our practice manager without your care being affected
request a home visit if possible before 11 AM from one of our GPs
seen on the same day, if we are open, if it is urgent
Your suggestions and comments about the services will be considered sympathetically and any complaint dealt with, as per our complaint policy.
- Your responsibility to us:
treat NHS staff and fellow patients, carers and visitors politely and with respect. We operate a zero tolerance policy and do not accept violence racial sexual of verbal harassment
be on time to appointments. We cannot guarantee to see you if you are more than 10 minutes late .
listen carefully to advice on your treatment and medication. Tell the doctor about any other treatments you are already taking including over-the-counter or homoeopathic remedies.
Keep your appointments and let the surgery know as soon as possible if you cannot make it
Do not ask for information about anyone else unless it is on record we have the patients consent
Tell us of any name or address change so our records can be accurate
Home visits should only be requested if you are really too ill in to get to the surgery
Please allow sufficient time for your consultants’ letter or the results of any tests to reach us.
An appointment is for one person only-where another member of the family needs to be seen or discussed, another appointment should be made.
Out of hours call should only be requested if they are felt to be really necessary ·book routine appointments in plenty of time
care for yourself if you feel able to. Do what you can to look after your own health and follow advice on following a healthy lifestyle
order your repeat prescriptions in the week before you run out of the items. Please allow us 2 working days to prepare your prescription.
book your appointment with the most appropriate health professional
tell us if you have any constructive suggestions about how we can improve our services to you within the resources available
park your vehicle with consideration for others