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. Anonymised data may be collected by Government Departments, please telephone 0300 456 3531 for further information.
Your medical records are held on paper and on computer in the practice. Anonymised data may be collected by Government Departments; please telephone 0300 456 3531 for further information. Your private medical details will not be shared with your family, unless you request us to do so.
All practice staff sign a confidentiality agreement before starting work. Information held on computer is safeguarded by the Data Protection Act.
If you would like us to share information from your records with a third party - such as an insurance company – we will need your written, signed consent before any disclosure can take place.
If you would like a copy of your medical records, please write to the Practice Manager, Mrs Emily Hughes. Your notes will be available within 40 working days. There will be a charge for secretarial time and for photocopying.
We always try to provide the best possible service, but there may be times when you feel this has not happened. If you would like to make a suggestion for how we could improve our service, please write to the Practice Manager, Mrs Emily Hughes; or pop a message into the suggestion box in reception; or complete a ‘Friends & Family’ comment card.
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. All complaints will be treated as confidential.
If you would like to make a complaint, please telephone or write to the Practice Manager, Mrs Emily Hughes, who will acknowledge your complaint within three working days. Any issue you raise will then be fully investigated and you will receive a response following investigation.
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman website contains detailed information on raising a complaint about any aspect of the NHS in England. There is also a leaflet explaining the procedure of bringing a complaint to the ombudsman.
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.