Patient responsibilities

1)  Patients should attend their appointments at the arranged time.  If unable to do so, they should inform the surgery as soon as possible.

2)  We expect patients to understand that appointments are for one person only.  Additional appointments should be made for more than one person.

3)  Patients are responsible for their own health and the health of their children and should co-operate with the practice in endeavouring to keep themselves healthy.  We give professional help and advice – please act on it !

4)  Requests for help and advice for non – urgent matters should be made during surgery hours only.

5)  Home visits should only be requested for patients who are seriously ill or housebound.  It is important to bear in mind that most medical problems are dealt with more effectively in the clinical setting of a well-equipped surgery or hospital.

6)  Patients should realise that home visits are made at the GP’s discretion.  Requests for visits and advice at night should only be made for true emergencies.

7)  Many problems can be solved by advice alone and therefore patients should not always expect a prescription.

8)  We ask that patients treat the staff and GPs with courtesy and respect. Remember that reception staff have a very difficult job to do and are juggling with limited resources and without detailed medical knowledge.  They are trying to do their best for you.