Patient Forum - See Patient Participation
The Fairfax House Patient Forum also welcomes comments and suggestions for improvements to patient services. A suggestion form is available at reception or, if you would like to be involved with forum activities, please ask for details.
The Patient Forum meets regularly to discuss the services on offer at the practice and to make suggestions for improvements. The Forum also raises funds for non-standard equipment for the practice. New members are always welcome. If you would like to receive e-mail updates about the practice and Patient Forum activities you can leave your e-mail address with the receptionist.
- You will be treated with courtesy and respect by all Practice personnel.
- An urgent appointment with a Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Prescriber will be available on the same day.
- Our standard is to see all patients within 20 minutes of their appointment time. If you have waited longer than this please ask the Receptionist for an explanation.
- We aim to answer the telephone within six rings.
- Requests for repeat prescriptions will be dealt with within 48 hours.
- All comments and suggestions about the service are welcome. Please use the box provided in the waiting area.
- If you have a complaint please speak to any member of staff. Your complaint will be dealt with in a professional and efficient manner.
- We wish to make the Swineshead Medical Group as accessible as possible. If you have hearing, visual or physical difficulties please let the receptionist know so that we can enable you to fully use our services.
- All patients are treated fairly; treatments, services and advice are offered to patients based on individual needs and circumstances
Patient’s Rights to General Medical Services
- To be offered a health check on joining a doctor’s list for the first time.
- To have appropriate drugs and medicine prescribed.
- To be referred to a Consultant acceptable to them when they and their GP thinks it is necessary, and to be referred for a second opinion if they and their GP think it is advisable.
- To have access to their health records, subject to any limitations of the law, and to know that those working for the NHS are under a legal duty to keep those records confidential.
- To choose whether to take part in research or medical student training.
- To receive a copy of their doctors practice leaflet, setting out the services that he or she provides.
- To receive a full and prompt reply to any complaints they make about the care they receive at the Swineshead Medical Group.
Our aims are to offer the highest standard of health care and advice to our patients, with the resources available to us. We have a team approach to patient care and endeavour to monitor the service provided to patients, to ensure that it meets current standards of excellence. We are dedicated to ensuring that Practice staff and Doctors are trained to the highest level and to provide a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.
- If you are unable to attend for an appointment please let us know so that we can offer it to someone else.
- If you are late for your appointment you may be asked to re-book at another time. Try to let us know in advance if you are going to be unavoidably delayed, so that we can make alternative arrangements to help you.
- A home visit should only be requested for those who are unable to come to the surgery because of serious illness or infirmity.
- An urgent appointment is for an urgent medical problem. Please speak to the Receptionist if you require a sick note or repeat prescription.
- We would ask you to be patient if the Doctor is running late. This is often due to unforeseeable emergencies but please ask for an explanation from the Receptionist.
- Make a separate appointment for each patient that needs to be seen. This allows the Doctor enough time to treat each patient with the time that they deserve.
- Please act in a responsible and courteous manner whilst on the Practice premises for the safety and comfort of others.
- Please treat all surgery staff, fellow patients, carers and visitors politely and with respect. Violence or verbal harassment will not be tolerated or accepted, you may be asked to register at another surgery if this behaviour occurs.
CLICK HERE to download the our Practice Charter leaflet
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. It also sets out responsibilities which the public, patients and staff owe to one another to ensure that the NHS operates fairly and effectively.
CLICK HERE to download the NHS Constitution 2013
Patients Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
You may approach PALS for help or advice at any time; PALS provides confidential, practical advice and support, helping you to sort out any concerns you may have about the care you receive from the NHS.
Tel: 0300 123 9553