OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO YOU
- We are committed to giving you the best possible service. This will be achieved by working together. You will be treated as a partner in the care and attention you receive.
- You will be treated as an individual and will be given courtesy and respect at all times, irrespective of your ethnic origin, religious belief, personal attributes or the nature of your health problems.
- Following discussion, you will receive the most appropriate care, given by suitably qualified people. No care or treatment will be given without your informed consent.
- We run an appointment system in this practice. You will be given a time at which the doctor or nurse hopes to be able to see you.
- We will try to ensure that you are seen on time but some consultations take longer than others and we have no way of knowing about this in advance. If there is a patient with an emergency or a serious problem we will give them priority. When there is a prolonged delay an explanation will be given by the receptionist.
- We will provide you with information about how to make suggestions or complaints about the care we offer. We want to improve services; we will therefore welcome any comments you have.
- We will try to answer the phone promptly and to ensure that there are sufficient staff to do this.
- Results of investigations are important. You will normally be told how you will be informed of results. If you do not know, please check with reception to see whether you should make an appointment.
- We will give you full information about the services we offer. Every effort will be made to ensure that you receive that information which directly affects your health and the care being offered.
- It is our job to give you treatment and advice. In the interest of your health it is important for you to understand all the information given to you.
- The practice will offer patients advice and information on: steps they can take to promote good health and avoid illness and self-help which can be undertaken without reference to a doctor in the case of minor ailments.
WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOU
Help us to help you. Please:
- Read the leaflets we give you when you register.
- Tell us if your personal details, address, etc change.
- Tell us, as soon as possible, if you cannot keep an appointment.
- Only ask for home visits if you or the patient is too ill to come to the surgery.
- Ask for more than one appointment if you want more than one patient seen. If we are running late please be patient; as on other occasions it might be you that needs the extra time. Please do not blame the receptionists.
- Follow our lifestyle advice for best results.
- Treat all our staff courteously.
- Note that if anyone threatens, abuses or assaults us we may inform the police and opt to remove that patient from the practice list within NHS guidelines.