Policies

Confidentiality

The practice complies with Data Protection legislation and we make every effort to preserve patient confidentiality. We ask you for personal information to ensure that you receive appropriate care and treatment. For the practice to function effectively it is sometimes necessary for medical information about you to be shared between members of the practice team. It will be shared with others only to provide further medical treatment for you, e.g. from hospital services, or to enable you to access other services, e.g. from the social work department.  

Complaints

We aim to give a friendly and professional service to everyone who attends our practice. However, if, for any reason, our service should fall below our patients’ satisfaction, we take all complaints very seriously. If you would like to make a complaint regarding the surgery or the services we offer, please contact the Practice Complaints Manager Mrs R Singha  in writing, who will make every effort to respond to your concerns as soon as possible. All complaints will be treated as confidential.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman website contains detailed information on raising a complaint about any aspect of the NHS in England. 

Freedom of information

The practice produces a complete guide to the information routinely made available to the public by our GPs. A copy of this guide is available from reception.

Patient charter

We aim to treat our patients courteously at all times and expect our patients to treat our staff in a similarly respectful way. It is your responsibility to keep your appointments, inform us of your past illnesses, medication, hospital admissions and any other relevant details. Our patient charter is available in full at reception.

For further information on any of our policies, please contact the practice manager.

Disability and discrimination

We will provide care, now and in the future, to all our patients without discrimination and irrespective of patient’s age, sex, race, beliefs or special needs.  We expect that patients will show no discrimination towards other surgery users, members of the practice team or our colleagues in the NHS.

CALL RECORDING

Calls to and from the surgery are recorded and processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 and the Data Protection Act 2018, calls are recorded for monitoring, training and dispute resolution purposes.

The purpose of call recording is to provide an exact record of the call, which will:

 • Protect the interests of both parties

• Help improve Practice performance and best practice

• Help protect Practice staff from abusive or nuisance calls

• Establish the facts in the event of a complaint by either a patient or a member of staff and so assist in resolving it

• Establish the facts and assist in the resolution of any medico-legal claims made against the practice or it clinicians 

• A call recording may also be used as evidence in the event that an employee’s telephone conduct is deemed unacceptable. In this situation, the recording will be made available to the employee’s manager, to be investigated as per the Practice Disciplinary Policy For further information