Davenport House Surgery, Harpenden
Bowers Way
Harpenden
Hertfordshire
AL5 4HX

Patients Rights & Responsibilities

Patients Rights

General Care

  • We will treat you with courtesy, respect and sensitivity at all times.

  • Will endeavor to maintain the highest standards of medical practice at all times. The Doctors and Health professionals concerned will undertake to maintain these standards through continuing audit of their care and professional learning.

  • We will keep the consultation and your computer and written records confidential.

  • We will provide you with emergency care promptly when you need it.

  • We will endeavour to offer all patients access to a doctor within two working days for medical problems of any kind - though it will not always be possible to offer an appointment with the doctor of your choice.

  • We will refer you for appropriate investigations, consultant opinions and care at a hospital or clinic when both you and the doctor treating you agree it is necessary and would be of benefit.

  • We will give you a full and prompt reply to any complaints you make about the service we provide and try and change practices if this would improve care or standards to others.

Rights to see medical records

Patients wishing to view their records must initially apply in writing to their GP. Once the GP agrees the request the surgery will contact you to make a mutually convenient appointment for you to read your records: this may incur a charge. When presenting at the surgery for this purpose you will be asked to produce some identification to enable us to maintain your right to confidentiality. Photocopies of records can be made at your request; a charge will be made for this service.

Confidentiality

You can be confident that any thing that you discuss with any member of this Practice- doctor, nurse, receptionist or admin personnel- will stay confidential. Even if you are under 16 nothing will be said to anyone including parents, other family members, care workers or tutors, without your permission. The only reason why we might have to consider passing on confidential information without your permission, would be to protect you or someone else from serious harm. We would always try to discuss this with you first.

If you are being treated elsewhere- for example at a hospital or Brook Centre- it is best if you allow your doctor or nurse to inform the practice of any treatment you are receiving.

If you have any worries about confidentiality please feel free to ask a member of staff.

Patients Responsibilities

  • We ask all patients to be civil and polite at all times. There is no excuse for verbal or physical abuse towards doctors or their staff.

  • If you have a problem or complaint do not take it out on a member of staff, they are only trying to do their best for you. If you remain dissatisfied - ask to speak with the Practice Manger Mrs Heather Hassall or one of the doctors.

  • Please keep your appointment. If you are unable to keep an appointment or the condition has improved, then let us know as soon as possible so that someone else can have your appointment.

  • If you have asked the doctor to contact you - please leave a telephone number where you can be contacted for the rest of the day.

  • If you move house, please inform the reception staff of your new address and telephone when you are in the surgery. This is of particular importance if you have been referred to a hospital or we need to contact you urgently. Please ensure your new address remains in the practice area.

  • If you are referred for a hospital outpatient appointment - please keep it or inform the hospital NOT the surgery as soon as possible. The NHS can ill afford to have appointments unused. It is also very important to tell the hospital of your new address if you are on a waiting list for an operation.

  • If you have a query regarding your hospital care please contact the consultant's secretary who will be happy to help you. Results of tests undertaken by your consultant are not routinely reported to the surgery.