Data Protection - Access to Medical Records
Under the GDPR every patient has a right of access to their health records. In the case of a child’s health records, as a general rule, any person with parental responsibility will have right to apply for access to those records. Requests for access can be made in writing or verbally. You will need to complete an 'Access to Medical Records' form which is available at any of our reception desks or by clicking here. Once we have received you request, we will normally respond to your within 30 days. You will be able to collect the records from Reception at Argyle Street Surgery and you will need to bring proof of ID with you when you attend.
Occasionally requests for medical information may be received from persons other than the patient e.g. solicitors, insurance companies or relatives. The Practice will only supply such information after consent in writing from the patient has been received. The patient has a right to withhold their consent if they so wish. If you need a doctor to write a clinical letter on your behalf or fill in an insurance claim for there will be a minimum charge of £20. Due to the large number of such requests you will normally need to allow 28 days for the completion.
You will be treated with respect and as a partner in your care. Being a partner means you have responsibilities too.
- Ensure our patients have 24-hour access to medical advice.
- Aim for you to have access to a suitably qualified medical professional within 24 hours of your initial contact during surgery hours, or in an urgent case, the same day.
- If we cannot help you within the desired time frame we will let you know why.
- Work in partnership with you to achieve the best medical care possible.
- Involve you and listen to your opinions and views in all aspects of your medical care.
- Endeavour to ensure the prevention of disease, illness and injury is a primary concern.
The medical staff will advise and inform you of the steps you can take to promote good health and a healthy lifestyle. We would respectfully ask that you:
- Let us know if you intend to cancel an appointment or are running late.
- Treat staff with courtesy and respect. Reception staff may have to ask some personal questions to assist us in providing you with the best service.
- Inform the practice staff of any alterations in your circumstances, such as change of surname, address or telephone number. Please ensure that we have your correct telephone number, even if it’s ex-directory.
As patients, you are responsible for your own health and that of any dependents. It is important that you adhere to information and advice given to you by health professionals, and co-operate with the practice in endeavoring to keep you healthy.
The practice considers aggressive behaviour to be any personal, abusive and/or aggressive comments,cursing and/or swearing, physical contact and/or aggressive gestures.
The practice will request the removal of any patient from the practice list who is aggressive or abusive towards a doctor, member of staff, or the patient, or who damages property.
All instances of actual physical abuse on any doctor or member of staff, by a patient or their relatives will be reported to the police as an assault.
Freedom of Information
A copy of our Freedom of Information Policy can be found by clicking here.