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 the Health Board and Government plan 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.
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.
Freedom of Information
Information about the General Practioners 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.
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.
We are keen to learn what we do well but also where we could do better. If we have let you down in some way then please do tell us — either in person, on the telephone or in writing. We want to work in partnership with patients and value your thoughts, opinions and insights.
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 make a complaint please contact the practice manager who will deal with your concerns appropriately. Further written information is available here or from reception.
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.
GP Net Earnings
NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised, and the required disclosure is shown below. However it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.
The average pay for GPs working in Barnard Castle Surgery in the last financial year was £74,598 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 5 full time GPs, 5 part time GP's and 0 Locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.
GMS Agreements require GP practices to offer online access to the detailed information from the medical record i.e. information held in coded form, where requested by the patient and where GPSoC approved systems are available. To apply for online access to your coded information please call at reception.
Friend and Family Test
- Provide an opportunity for patients who use the practice to give anonymous feedback through the FTT
- Use the standard wording of the FTT question and the responses exactly
- Publish results locally - these can be found on the following link: NHS Choices