Confidentiality & Medical Records
The 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.
Suggestions and Comments
We endeavour to provide all of our patients with a first class service when they visit or contact the surgery. If all has gone well please tell us, it makes our world go round! If there is anything you think we could have done better please let us know.
How do I make a complaint?
If you have any complaints or concerns about the service that you have received from the doctors or staff working for this practice, please let us know.
We hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, often at the time they arise and with the person concerned. If your problem cannot be sorted out in this way and you wish to make a complaint, we would like you to let us know as soon as possible – ideally within a matter of days or at most a few weeks – because this will enable us to establish what happened more easily. If it is not possible to do that, please let us have details of your complaint:
- Within 6 months of the incident that caused the problem; or
- Within 6 months of discovering that you have a problem, provided that is within 12 months of the incident
We will be pleased to deal with any complaint. Our complaints procedure will be explained to you and make sure that your concerns are dealt with promptly. You can make your complaint:
- In person – ask to speak to Jane Dawes (Practice Manager) if you are registered at either our Abbey View or Fontmell practices 01747 856700 or Laura Grant (Office Manager) if you are registered at either our Sturminster or Marnhull practices 01258 474500
- In writing – some complaints may be easier to explain in writing - please give as much information as you can, then send your complaint to the practice for the attention of the relevant manager as soon as possible.
This practice is within the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group Area. The Trust Headquarters are, Vespasian House, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1TS. Tel:01305 368900. Fax: 01305 368947. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.