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WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR STAFF TRAINING ON TUESDAY 6TH MARCH, FROM 1PM. FOR ANY URGENT PROBLEMS THAT CANNOT WAIT UNTIL WE RE-OPEN THE NEXT MORNING, CALL 111. FOR ANYTHING LIFE THREATENING PLEASE DIAL 999.  APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

It's still 'flu season!

Australia is just coming out of its winter and has seen a significant increase in the number of patients with flu - 200,000 cases and more then 100 deaths. The impact of flu on Australia is an accurate indicator of what we might expect during our winter.

The flu vaccination can help protect you and you may be entitled to have it. We still have plenty in stock so if you are over 65, pregnant or in an 'at risk' group, please book an appointment. You can call us on 023 92583302. Please ensure you have your 'flu vaccination at the Medical Centre. Doing so means that a record of your vaccination is put on your medical record, we can check that you are well and we are doing everything possible for your health.

We Can Text You!

We are using our text messaging service more and more, to invite you for a review, blood test or let you know if a GP would like to see you. You can also you use it to cancel appointments, decline or accept services and let us know if we are doing a good job! Please make sure we have your up to date contact details. You can do this via this website or EMIS access if you are registered. Alternatively, call us and let us know.

Cancel Your Appointment!

Every week a large number of patients fail to attend booked appointments. Please let us know as soon as possible if you can’t keep your appointment then we can give it to someone else! We offer a text messaging service which has the option to cancel an appointment so please make sure we have your up to date contact details.

Out of Hours 

When the surgery is closed if you have an urgent problem that cannot wait until we are open again, please call 111. For anything life threatening call 999.

Dr Norris, Gorecka, Burgess & Paterson

GOSPORT MEDICAL CENTRE

 

CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY

 

General

 

  1. Every patient, and the parents/guardians of those under the age of 16, has to be secure in the knowledge that any medical and personal information held within Practice records, be they manual or on the computer, will remain within the surgery and will not be divulged to any other person. They can, in fact, expect such records to be between themselves and their doctor only. However, this is unworkable and so the Partners allow all Practice staff to have access to patient’s records.
  2. Legally, the Partners are liable for the integrity of the staff they employ and so, to be certain that patient confidentiality is maintained, every member of staff is required to sign an undertaking not to divulge patient information. A breach of confidentiality may be treated as gross misconduct on the part of the staff member and is grounds for instant dismissal.
  3. While the need for access to patient’s records is recognised, it is Practice policy that such access should be restricted to the minimum necessary for efficient administration of records. Members of staff must not abuse the privilege of access by reading information that is not relevant to their job. Information obtained must not be discussed between members of staff unless absolutely necessary such information must not be passed where it can be overheard by persons who are not employed by the Practice.

     Staff and Families

  1. Staff are not permitted to be registered as patients of the Practice, family members may be registered.

     CONFIDENTIALITY PROCEDURES

     General 

 

 1. Patients’ notes are to remain in the lockable storage unit within the Main Office     except when required elsewhere within the Surgery. THEY ARE NEVER TO BE REMOVED FROM THE SURGERY, except when required by one of the Doctors.

2. Care must be exercised when moving notes about the building that parts of the records do not become detached from the rest of the notes.

3. Notes must not be left unattended where non staff members may see or gain access to them.

4. Staff must not discuss patient information between themselves unless necessary for their job.

Computer Records 

  1. Staff updating a patient’s record must not seek other information about the patient which is not relevant to the job they are doing.
  2. When a member of staff needs to leave their computer unattended, they must remove their Smartcard as this will force the computer to lock.   

Telephones  

  1. Particular care must be exercised when information about a patient is being passed by telephone. Where use of these telephones is unavoidable, the patients name should not be mentioned if at all possible.
  2. Information about patients may be passed by telephone to the following, but only where identity has been positively established:

                a. One of the Practice Doctors

                b. Other Healthcare Professionals (on a need to know basis)

                c. The patient themselves

                d. The parent/guardian of a child under 16 years of age, unless the GP decides otherwise.

  1. It is recognised that a degree of discretion must be exercised when answering telephone enquiries. The golden rule is:    IF IN DOUBT DO NOT GIVE ANY INFORMATION, offer to call back using an independently determined telephone number.    
 
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