Practice Policy and Information
We are a training practice and you may be offered an appointment with a GP registrar. These doctors are fully qualified will have had experience in several hospital specialties. They are completing their specialist training as a GP.
We also teach medical students and sometimes you may be asked to see the doctor or nurse with a student present. You will always be asked beforehand if this is acceptable and you may ask for the student to withdraw if you prefer to have your consultation in private.
Access for patients with disabilities
There is a good access for the disabled to all of our consultation rooms, patient toilets and the surgery has wide doors to allow for wheelchair access.
The surgery also has a hearing loop available at Front desk and a display call system for patients who are hard of hearing.
If you are partially sighted / registered blind, please let the Receptionist know so that you are called by Clinicians or Reception staff.
If your access needs for services at the surgery are not met by the facilities provided please let us know.
Our Misson Statement
Our aim is:
- To provide a modern, accessible, caring and flexible service to our patients.
- To allow the team their individualised approaches to service provision.
- To provide Quality and Excellence (reflecting on evidence based medicine).
- To maintain a multi-skilled team approach in delivery primary care services.
The average pay for GPs working in The Strand Practice in the last financial year was £116,778 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 6 full time GPs and 2 locum GP who worked in the practice for more than six months.
NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised by 31 March 2017 at the latest. However, it should be noted that the prescribed method of 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 for any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparisons with other practices.
Access to medical records
The practice is registered and complies with the Data Protection Act 1998. Any request for access to notes by a patient, patient's representative or outside body will be dealt with in accordance with the Act. Practice fees for printing of medical records apply - currently being reviewed.
Please contact the Practice Manager for quotes and further information.
We respect your right to privacy and keep all your health information confidential and secure. It is important that the NHS keeps accurate and up-to-date records about your health and treatment so that those treating you can give you the best possible care.
This information may be used for management and audit purposes. However, it is usually only available to, and used by, those involved in your care. You have the right to know what information we hold about you. If you would like to see your records please contact the Practice Manager.
Patient rights and responsibilities
We aim to treat our patients courteously at all times and expect our patients to treat our staff in a similarly respectful way. It is your responsibility to keep your appointments, inform us of your past illnesses, medication, hospital admissions and any other relevant details.
Consent to contact
Please note that consent to contact via mobile phone (phone call or SMS) will be assumed if no other option is marked on the registration form or when the mobile phone number is provided to the Practice.
Violent or abusive behaviour
We aim to treat our patients courteously at all times and expect our patients to treat our staff in a similarly respectful way. We take seriously any threatening, abusive or violent behaviour against any of our staff or patients. If a patient is violent or abusive they will be warned to stop such behaviour. If they persist, we may exercise our right to take action to have them removed, immediately if necessary, from our list of patients.
Please remember our practice staff are here to help you. If you feel that you have been treated unfairly or inappropriately, please ask the reception staff to contact the practice manager who will be happy to address your concerns. However, please remember shouting and swearing at practice staff will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
This organisation is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is of paramount importance.
All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they feel one is required. This chaperone may be a family member or friend. On occasions you may prefer a formal chaperone to be present, i.e. a trained member of staff.
Wherever possible we would ask you to make this request at the time of booking appointment so that arrangements can be made and your appointment is not delayed in any way. Where this is not possible we will endeavour to provide a formal chaperone at the time of request. However occasionally it may be necessary to reschedule your appointment.
Your healthcare professional may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations in accordance with our chaperone policy.
If you would like to see a copy of our Chaperone Policy or have any questions or comments regarding this please contact the Head of Reception.
Change of address
If you change name, address or telephone number, please let our receptionists know by writing to us. If you move outside the practice area you may need to find a doctor in your new area. There are instructions on what to do when you move to a new area on the back of your NHS medical card.