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 local and national commissioning health plans for patient 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 and we can give you a form to complete declining access to your medical record.
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.
Please be aware that our staff cannot and will not release information regarding a relative or friend's care and/or medication unless written permission has been given by the patient via a data sharing agreement. Patients can, if they so wish, indicate the type of information they are happy to be released and to whom on the form which is then transferred to their medical record. Please ask for a form from our Reception Team or download this below and return it to the Practice at your earliest convenience.
The NHS is founded on a common set of principles and values that bind together the communities and people it serves – patients and public – and the staff who work for it. This Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England. It sets out rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled, and pledges which the NHS is committed to achieve, together with responsibilities which the public, patients and staff owe to one another to ensure that the NHS operates fairly and effectively. All NHS bodies and private and third sector providers supplying NHS services are required by law to take account of this Constitution in their decisions and actions. The Constitution will be renewed every 10 years, with the involvement of the public, patients and staff.
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.
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.
To pursue a formal complaint please contact the Practice Manager who will deal with your concerns appropriately. Further written information is available regarding the complaints procedure from reception.
Zero Tolerance 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.
NHS England Publication of GP Net Earnings 2018/19
All GP Practices are required to declare the mean earnings (eg average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice. This is required in the interests of the greater public accountability recognizing GP pay is ultimately funded from tax paid by the public.
The average pay for GPs working in Colwall Surgery in the last financial year was £56,947 before tax and national insurance. This is for 1 full time GP, 0 part time GPs and 0 Locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.