Your medical records are held in strictest confidence. Information is only passed on with your consent. The practice computer is registered under the Data Protection Act and strict confidentiality is maintained. All staff are bound by strict rules of confidentiality.
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act obliges all General Practices to respond to requests about information they hold, and creates a right of access to that information. The rights to request and access this information are subject to some exemptions which General Practice has to take into consideration before deciding what information can be released. The Environmental Information Regulations which came into force in 1993 set the standard for the release of information about the environment in which we live and work. These are likely to be strengthened further under a European Union Directive. Until the new regulations come into force, information relating to the Environment can be requesting using the exisiting Regulations and the Code of Practice on Openness. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you and you can contact your doctor to do this. Under section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 each General Practice has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme for the publication of the information held. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities, which includes General Practitioners. Every General Practice has a duty to respond to requests about the information that they hold and which is recorded in any form and to provide a right of access to that information.
These rights are subject to some exemptions that the General Practice has to take into account before deciding what information can be released. This combined Publication Scheme will help you to find all the information that the General Practitioners here publish. This combined Publication Scheme aims to make as much information about Ashworth Street Surgery available as possible, on a continuous basis. We will continue to add to the information here proactively and regularly.
Whenever we make any changes to any of the information above, we will ensure that the Publication Scheme reflects these changes.
If you look after someone, a relative or child, partner or friend who needs your help because they are ill, frail or have a disability, then you are a carer. We are able to offer support and help. Just pop into the surgery and speak to our Carers Advocate.
When servicemen and women leave the armed forces, their healthcare becomes the responsibility of the NHS. All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS hospital care for any condition as long as it's related to their service, whether or not they receive a war pension. Veterans are encouraged to tell their GP about their veteran status in order to benefit from priority treatment. A minority of people leaving the armed forces need access to mental health services; others might require it later in civilian life. Please make the GP or receptionist aware so that we can provide appropriate treatment.
Publication of Earnings
It is a contractual requirement for practices to publish their mean average earnings for 2015/16. Practices must;
- Publish details on their website by 31 March 2017.
- If asked this must also be available in paper copy or you can show the patient the information posted on the website.
The calculation excludes certain types of income and the rules are complex and open to interpretation.
Full time GP’s are defined in the guidance as working eight sessions or more. The number of GP’s includes salaried GP’s and locums who worked full or part time for 6 months or more.
The required disclosure for your practice 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.
All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average pay for GPs working in Ashworth Street Surgery in the last financial year was £70160 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 5 full time GPs and 3 part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.
We strongly support the NHS policy on zero tolerance. Anyone attending the surgery who abuses the GPs, staff or other patients be it verbally, physically or in any threatening manner whatsoever, will risk removal from the practice list. In extreme cases we may summon the police to remove offenders from the practice premises.