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Patient Charter



Practice Leaflet:
All new patients will receive a copy of our practice leaflet and copies will be displayed 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 right to:
• register with a General Practitioner
• see the doctor of your choice
• 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
• view their medical records, subject to the Data Protection Act 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.

Repeat Prescriptions:
To ensure the best possible knowledge of your personal health, these will be signed by your usual GP wherever possible.

• 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 for blood tests are normally available after 7 days and x-ray results after 14 days).

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.


With a Doctor: For routine consultations we will endeavour to offer patients a next available appointment. For medically urgent requests, we will offer an appointment on the same day- this may be in person or by telephone as felt appropriate by the duty doctor.

With a Practice Nurse: For routine appointments we will 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 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 undertake a home visit will be at the doctors’ discretion.

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.
• we expect patients to 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 according to the doctors' practice policies.

• 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.

• 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 3 working days notice for repeat prescriptions, as we need enough time to process the large number of daily requests.

• 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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