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Access to services at The Sandringham Practice/ Covid19

Over the last few months we had to rapidly change the way in which patients accessed our services. We have been here in surgery working throughout, but in quite a different way. We would like to thank our patients who have been brilliant and adapted really well to these changes and apologise for any delay that may have been caused trying to contact the Surgery by telephone, this has been a very difficult time for everybody and we appreciate your understanding during this time.

We are now at the stage where we are learning how to best respond to patients needs while continuing to keep everyone as safe as possible.

We are delivering 95% of our services, however, some of these have changed to remote services using telephone and video consultations. If a clinician feels they need to see you, the clinician will provide you with a time to attend and see you face to face. We request that you attend on time wearing a suitable face covering and alone where possible. This will help us minimise the footfall keeping you as safe as possible during your visit with us.

We apologise that we have not yet been able to open our doors fully at this time and hope that you understand we are trying to keep all services who share the building as safe as possible. We can assure you if you need to be seen face to face with a clinician you will be.

The way in which general practice operates is unlikely to ever completely go back to how things were ‘before-covid’. We realise that this is a big change for many of our patients and will take some getting used to by all of us, but we really want to stress that we are very much ‘open for business’; please do not delay contacting us if you feel you need to speak to someone about a medical problem.

There has been extensive work across Doncaster to help patients access care and treatment effectively and efficiently, and a GP Surgery may not always be necessary, please follow our The Sandringham Practice and NHS Doncaster CCG Facebook page for up to date information on choosing the right service.

We are actively recalling patients on disease management registers to undertake their annual reviews. It is important that you attend these appointments so we can ensure we are providing you with high quality care and follow on management plans.

As the flu season is upon us we strongly urge all patients over 18 who are considered high risk or over 65 to book an appointment into one of our designated flu clinics. We have now got a separate telephone line to deal with these specific appointments 01302 986111, this line is available Monday to Friday between 9am and 2pm.

Gentle reminder: If you no longer require your booked appointment please be courteous and cancel so that another patient requiring medical help can utilise the appointment you no longer require.

Please, please only attend A&E if you have a medical emergency. This is not a service for minor presenting ailments.

All the staff at the Sandringham Practice would like to thank our patients for their understanding and patience during these challenging times.

 

 

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION: For any general information and updates on the coronavirus, please visit this site - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you are concerned that you may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell you what you should do based on your particular circumstances. These can be accessed at - https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

Practice Policies

Confidentiality & Medical Records

Locked blue folderThe 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.

Complaints

Customer service form

If you meet any difficulties in obtaining service we would prefer to hear about it. If you wish to raise any problems we suggest that you ask to see the Practice Manager or one of the doctors.  Should you wish to raise a formal complaint we are obliged to follow the NHS Complaints procedure, which is a two tier system: first tier being either the local provider (GP Practice) or NHS England, but not both (whether consecutively or concurrently), and the second tier being the Ombudsman.   

The NHS England Address is: South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Area Primary Care Team, Oak House, Moorhead Way, Bramley, Rotherham S66 1YY.

Our complaints leaflet can be found on the attached link CLICK HERE.

We also welcome constructive ideas and suggestions. These can be made to any member of staff or placed in the suggestion box in the waiting area. If you are still unhappy, after talking to us, you can get help from:

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Millbank Tower

Millbank

London  SW1P 4QP

Tel:  0345 015 4033

Email:  phso.enquiries@ombudsman.ord.uk

Chaperone Policy

If you would like a chaperone present at any time during a consultation when you are being examined please let your clinician know. We will be happy to organise for another member of staff to be present at that examination.

Failure to attend pre-booked appointments

Our Practice policy is to remove a patient from our list who fails to attend three appointments in a 6 month period. We are a busy Practice and cannot afford to lose valuable appointments by patients who regularly fail to attend.

Violence 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.



 
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