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Changes to the provision of ear syringing - please see the tab in further information.

Lunch time surgery closure

Healds Road Surgery will be closed each day between the hours of 1:00pm and 2:00pm.  Phone lines will continue to be open during this duration to allow patients to contact the a member of the reception team.

Request a call back from the practice

The Practice is now piloting a text messaging service to allow patients to message the surgery between the hours of 8am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) to request a call back if they would like to make an appointment or for general enquiries. Patients are asked to leave a brief message including their name and contact details.  This number is 07544 024265.  Text messages will be actioned within the next working day.  PLEASE NOTE - THIS IS NOT AN EMERGENCY SERVICE. 

Repeat Medication Requests

Healds Road Surgery now have a SMS texting facility to enable patients to order their repeat medication.  Patients are asked to text 07853 213 205, providing their details, including their name, and a member of the Medication Coordinating Team will respond.  This service is manned Monday to Friday, 9am - 2.00pm (except bank holidays) Please note that 48 hours are needed to do a prescription.

Practice Policies

Confidentiality & Medical Records

Locked blue folderThe 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.

Complaints

Customer service formWe 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.

Violence Policy

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.

Chaperone Policy

Healds Road Surgery is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is of paramount importance. All of our staff have undertaken formal Chaperone training delivered by the Primary Care Training Centre and have been accredited to carry out these duties.

All patients are entitled to have a ‘chaperone’ present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they feel one is required. The chapereone may be a family member or friend. On occasions you may prefer a formal chaperone to be present, i.e. a trained member of staff.

Wherever possible we would ask you to make this request at the time of booking the appointment so the arrangements can be made and your appointment is not delayed in any way. Where this is not possible we will endeavour to provide a formal chaperone at the time of request. However occasionally it may be necessary to reschedule your appointment.

Your healthcare professional may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations in accordance with our chaperone policy. The Clinicians record in your record when a ‘chaperone’ has been offered, declined, requested etc and our chaperones also  make a separate entry also in to the Electronic Patient Record (EPR).

If you have any questions or comments regarding this please ask to speak to the Practice Manager  –  Natasha Brown.



 
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