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 Practioners 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 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.
Request For Access To Records Form
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. Further written information is available regarding the complaints procedure from reception.
We are committed to a policy of equality in the provision of our services and aim to ensure that any person wishing to access and make use of our services is treated equally regardless of race, age, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability.
Patients Rights and Responsibilities
We strive to offer you an efficient and friendly service and require your co-operation to assist us in maintaining this.
- We ask you to be as prompt as you can for appointments, if you are more than 20 minutes late you may need to re-book.
- If you are unable to attend for appointment, we ask that you cancel this giving as much notice as possible
- We expect that patients will understand that appointments are for one person only. Additional appointments should be made for more than one person.
- Requests for help and advice for non-urgent matters should be made during surgery hours only.
- Home visits should only be requested for patients who are housebound due to illness or disability.
- We will treat you as an individual and respect your privacy and dignity. In return we ask you to be polite to all our staff.
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.