Noticeboard

Supplementary Privacy Notice on COVID-19

PRACTICE CLOSED:

Please note the surgery will be closed for Staff Training on the following dates;

  • Wednesday 21st April, 12.30pm - 6pm
  • Wednesday 19th May 2021, 12.30pm - 6pm
  • Thursday 24th June 2021, 12.30pm - 6pm
  • Wednesday 21st July, 12.30pm - 6pm
  • Wednesday 18th August, 12.30pm - 6pm
  • Thursday 23rd September, 12.30pm - 6pm

If you require medical attention please contact NHS 111.

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19);

As many of you may know the Covid vaccination programme is now underway. The vaccinations are currently being offered at the Richardson Community Hospital in Barnard Castle via our PCN. Our staff are working through the cohorts of patients and inviting these in turn to arrange appointments;

  • Those aged over 80 years, living in a care home or frontline health care worker
  • Those aged over 75 years
  • Those aged over 70 years
  • Adults on the NHS Shielded patient list
  • Those aged over 65 years
  • Adults under 65 years with long term conditions, adults who provide regular care for an elderly or disabled person or younger adults in long stay nursing and residential settings
  • Those aged 50-64 will be offered it later.

We would ask that patients do not contact the practice to request an appointment.

The practice continues to limit the number of patients in the waiting room at any time. We have also reduced and limited the seating within the waiting room. However if you need to sit down whilst waiting to be seen please notify a member of staff.

Clinic arrangements unchanged with initial GP contact being via telephone.

IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT attend the surgery if you have tested positive for Covid-19 or are awaiting results of a Covid Swab. We have seen an increase in patients coming down and trying to enter the premises when they should be isolating.

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OPEN SURGERY TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED;

 

This is a precautionary measure in relation to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Please refer to our 'Opening Times' page for more information relating to appointments.

**Wherever possible please contact the surgery by telephone for any general enquiries or to request a repeat prescription**

 

Please contact the surgery through "econsult" or call reception and ask for a telephone call back with a GP. We envisage being able to resolve many problems in this manner, however, please be assured that if the GP needs to see you face to face, they will advise you of this on the call and book you in appropriately.

 

We have made this decision as a precautionary measure to keep our patients and team members safe.

 

We appreciate your understanding, Old Forge

CARE NAVIGATION

Our receptionists are here to help you get to the right service. Please don't be offended if they ask what the problem is when you call to make an appointment. The receptionist might suggest other professionals that could help you such as: Opticians, Pharmacist, Nurse, Family Services or Support Groups. Thank you for your co-operation with this.

Practice Policies including Complaints

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.

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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.

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Complaints

Customer service form

We constantly strive to give patients the best possible care and attention. We regularly review our service and have case discussions. However, if you feel your experience fell below your expectation, you may wish to feedback to us in the following method.

Complaints can be made verbally to any staff. Alternatively you may download a complaints form. Please print this form, fill in the details, and either hand in at reception or send it for the attention of the Practice Manager. Receipt of your complaint will be acknowledged within five working days. We will try to

  • address your concerns fully
  • provide you with an explanation
  • discuss any action that may be needed

Complaint Form

Complaints Procedure

We hope that you will be satisfied that we have dealt with your complaint thoroughly. However, if this is not possible and you wish to continue with your complaint, you can have an independent review by the health services ombudsman.  This should be done within six months of receipt of the letter of explanation. The Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman Millbank Tower Millbank London SW1P 4QP Tel No. 0845 015 4033 Fax No. 0207 217 4000 E-mail: phso.enquiries@ombudsman.org.uk  Website www.ombudsman.org.uk

Chaperone Policy

You may wish to have a chaperone present during your consultation, or, the Nurse or Doctor may offer you a chaperone.  For more information regarding Chaperones, please see our policy: Chaperone Policy

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.



 
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