The practice operates under the framework of the Medical Council, Health and Disability commissioner and Privacy commissioner.
Health Care Is A Partnership
You will be treated as a partner in the care and attention you receive. Following discussion you will receive the most appropriate care, given by suitably qualified people. No care or treatment will be given without your consent.
Help us to keep your medical records complete. Fill in the registration form accurately and completely, (with help and support from staff as necessary), to avoid delays in transferring your medical records from your previous doctor.
If you don’t understand what is happening or what treatments are being advised, you must let us know. If you are not happy with the explanations, then you must let us know that too. Do not stop treatments without discussing it with your GP.
Your Health Information
Your health information is confidential. Some information about you will be sent to agencies that pay for medical subsidies for your care. You have the right to see your health records. We may share some information with other health professionals to improve the quality of the care we provide.
Keep us informed of address and other changes. If you see other health professionals please ensure that information is sent to the surgery. It is important for us to keep as accurate a health record as possible. When you are given patient held medical records, for example, child health records and maternity records, make them available to your doctor and other health workers whenever they are needed.
The practice is keen to ensure that the service we provide is of as high a quality as possible.
All the medical and nursing staff are involved in continuing medical and nursing training.
We are involved in peer review groups. We may sometimes share some non-identifying health information with colleagues in these groups to see if there are areas of our clinical care that could be improved.
As part of our quality improvement programme we measure things like the practice immunisation rate, or programmes such as mammography or cervical screening.
Suggestions and Complaints
Our aim is to provide excellent health care and service at all times, however we recognise that sometimes you may not be completely satisfied with the service you receive. If there are areas where you feel our service can be improved please let us know. Your ideas and suggestions will be discussed at our practice review meetings and where possible, appropriate and practical, will be adopted.
If you do have a complaint or concern about the service that you have received from the doctors or staff working in the practice, you are entitled to ask for an explanation. For this purpose we operate an in-house complaints procedure.
Your complaint should be addressed to our Practice Manager, Vera Manu, who will ensure it is investigated thoroughly and as speedily as possible.
Please note that we will ensure that medical confidentiality is maintained throughout a complaints procedure.
The Ten Rights Of Consumers Are
- Right 1: the right to be treated with respect
- Right 2: the right to freedom from discrimination, coercion, harassment, and exploitation
- Right 3: the right to dignity and independence
- Right 4: the right to services of an appropriate standard
- Right 5: the right to effective communication
- Right 6: the right to be fully informed
- Right 7: the right to make an informed choice and give informed consent
- Right 8: the right to support
- Right 9: rights in respect of teaching or research
- Right 10: the right to complain
For further information about the Code you can collect a leaflet from the surgery or contact the Health and Disability Commissioner on 0800 11 22 33.