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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER - FLU CLINIC

We are now taking bookings for our flu clinic which is being held on Saturday 23rd September.

We are also holding a shingles/flu clinic for those of you who are eligible for both vaccines on 23rd September.

Please contact reception on 01271 329004 to check whether you are eligible and to make an appointment.

National Diabetes Audit (NDA): Helping to improve diabetes care

Brannam Medical Centre is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. Please click here for more information.

BLOOD PRESSURE APPOINTMENTS

Please remember to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment to give your heart rate a chance to steady. Please wear loose clothing and refrain from Caffeine and Nicotine for at least 30 minutes prior to your Blood Pressure appointment.

Patient Rights & Responsibilities

Please help us by:
  • Being on time for your appointment.

  • Letting us know if you need to cancel. Even at short notice we may be able to book another patient into that slot.

  • Ringing for the results of tests after 11:30am.

Chaperone

Trained chaperones are available in the surgery. If you would prefer somebody with you during your physical examination with the doctor or the nurse, please ask at reception.  For further information please read the chaperone policy.

Complaints

We 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.  For further information on how to make a complaint, please see our Complaint Procedure  and Complaint Form.

For Nappy Changing

Nappy changing facilities are available in the ground floor WC. This door is kept locked for security reasons, please ask at reception.

Car Parking

There is limited car parking at the rear of the Medical Centre for the use of patients with a doctor or nurse appointment only.  There is also a large public car park adjacent to the surgery.

Disabled Access

Designated parking spaces are available for disabled patients. Wheelchair access is possible to all rooms and facilities.  There is a disabled toilet on the ground floor, in the corridor nearest to the main Treatment Room.

Translations

This link to the Department of Health website lists health publications and resources that have been translated into other languages and are now available electronically.  Alternatively, you can try Google Translate - click http://translate.google.co.uk/#

Non-English Speakers

If you need an interpreter you must tell the receptionist when you make the appointment. Please tell us which language you speak and we will book an interpreter for you or get an interpreter on the phone. It is important that you and the doctor understand each other so that he/she can make an accurate diagnosis of your problem.


Other Services

Online Facilities

We have developed several online facilities to save you time. These are exactly the same as paper based services, but are accessible through the homepage on this website. These include booking and cancelling appointments; requesting repeat prescriptions and updating changes to your personal details, e.g. telephone number.

If you wish to sign up for these services, you can either:

1 - You can register online by clicking here - then in the green box, click "Register". 

Click "No" to the question "Have you visited your GP already and been given a PIN and an Access ID?" and follow the instructions on the screen. 

Your account will then be set up and allow you to book appointments online, and when you next visit the surgery, please take some ID to the receptionist who will then be able to fully upgrade your account.  This means you will be able to access other online services such as ordering repeat prescriptions.

Option 2 - Visit reception and ask to register for Online Access.  You will be provided with a PIN and User ID, and instructions on how to set up your account.  You will then be able to access all online services immediately.


Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Sickness CertificatesIf you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Some employers or insurance schemes will ask you to provide a private 'sick note', although these are not usually required for the first week of any illness. The surgery will charge a fee to provide you with a 'sick note'. 


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.


Data Protection

This section contains information about our data protection responsibilities. Please take the time to look through and if you have any questions, please ask at reception or email us via the Contact Details page.

Confidentiality & Medical Records

The practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation.

Information we hold

  1. Personal information such as your name, address, contact details, and date of birth.
  2. Your medical record including your past record, details you have told us about and details provided by others, e.g. any hospitals you may have attended.
  3. Details of when you contact us and when we contact you.

 

Central Database

  1. All clinical information is stored in the practice on a secure central Database.
  2. The practice database now has links to the Department of Health Patient Demographic Service (PDS).
  3. Any information received by us or if you advise us of any changes we will automatically update our database to ensure records are up to date and accurate.

 

Managing Records

  1. The practice uses your information to open and maintain your record.
  2. We collect this information from you directly or from a third party authorised to transfer information on your behalf, e.g. your previous GP practice.

 

Pre-filling forms

  1. If we are asked to provide information about you, in order to improve our services we may pre-fill forms using the information we hold on you.
  2. No information is provided to a third party without written authorisation from you.

 

Database Security

  1. Our database is password protected and only authorised personnel may access your record on a need to know basis.
  2. Database information is validated on a quarterly basis by our Clinical System Support Organisation and by the Patient and Practitioner Services Agency every three years.

 

Use of Third Party Mailing Organisations

We use two secure print and mailing companies, DocMail and Imail, to handle bulk mailing to our patients such as the invitations to attend flu clinics. They both provide a print and mailing service for Local Government, GPs, Schools, Exam Boards and Banks, etc, throughout the UK. They guarantees the security of your data and meets with the terms and conditions of the Department of Health Information Governance Assurance Statement.  The records provided to DocMail and Imail will only contain enough data for them to provide the mailing service and all patient data is deleted 28 days days after the mailing.  If you would prefer not to be invited to clinics in this way please let us know.

 

Risk Assessment

The practice is required to hold policies on:

  1. Patient Privacy and Confidentiality
  2. Clinical Procedures
  3. Administrative Procedures
  4. Complaints
  5. Records management, Information Sharing and Data Protection
  6. Drugs, Dispensing, Prescribing and Prescriptions
  7. Health and Safety
  8. Employment
  9. Risk management
  10. Audit and Controls Assurance

All the above policies are in place. These are periodically audited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group each year and are monitored and updated regularly by the practice.

Freedom of Information

Information about the General Practitioners 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.

Practice FOI statement:  Click here to open the FOI Publication scheme

Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat in order to view the FOI Publication scheme.

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. No information will be released without the patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.

How do I make a request?

You can write to the practice manager requesting access to your medical record. We can provide someone to interpret medical terminology for you and can also provide photocopies of any information you wish to keep.

Confidentiality

To protect your confidentiality, we check that anyone asking for personal information has the right to receive it. We will ask you to provide proof of your identity or provide a written authority before making information available.

Cost

We charge a fee for the interpreting service and for providing copies of the information. We will tell you the cost first so that you can choose whether to proceed or not.

More details

We may ask for further details to help us find the information you want. In certain circumstances we may edit the information provided by a third party.

You will find a great deal of information and guidance about the Data Protection Act on the Information Commissioner’s website: http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk/

Summary Care Record

There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses help you when you contact them when the surgery is closed. Initially, it will contain just your medications and allergies.

Later on as the central NHS computer system develops, (known as the ‘Summary Care Record’ – SCR), other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access it along with information from hospitals, out of hours services, and specialists letters that may be added as well.

Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on central NHS databases. 

As with all new systems there are pros and cons to think about. When you speak to an emergency doctor you might overlook something that is important and if they have access to your medical record it might avoid mistakes or problems, although even then, you should be asked to give your consent each time a member of NHS Staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.

On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and wish to keep your information at the level of this practice. Connecting for Health (CfH), the government agency responsible for the Summary Care Record have agreed with doctors’ leaders that new patients registering with this practice should be able to decide whether or not their information is uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System.

For existing patients it is different in that it is assumed that you want your record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.

If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery.

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