Patients Charter

In this charter we are stating (for the first time) those rights to which our patients are entitled and the standard of care they can expect to receive from the practice.

Practice Mission Statement

The practice team strives to provide high quality patient care based on carefully evaluated and monitored ethical practices and professional standards. We strive to ensure co-ordination of services with good communication in the practice and in liaison with hospitals and other associated agencies. We seek to ensure patient safety at all times in a relaxed and comfortable environment. We seek to ensure that patients and their carers are welcomed in a courteous and considerate manner, respecting privacy and maintaining confidentiality at all times.

Your Rights

The practice accepts the patients’ rights to:

  • Receive quality health care including prevention and health screening as well as continuing care
  • Be referred to a specialist by your own GP when considered appropriate
  • Be provided with information on all aspects of your care, including the alternatives available, before you agree to treatment
  • Receive prompt treatment in an emergency
  • See your health records going back to November 1991 in the presence of a doctor (an administration charge will be made). Certain details may be withheld if your GP believes this is in your best interests. You will be told if this is the case
  • Have complaints investigated thoroughly, speedily and without prejudice
  • Confidentiality at all times. Patient information is only accessible within the practice. Details may be shared with third parties such as hospitals or Social Services as part of patient management. Disclosure to others can only occur with written permission from the patient

Our standards

  • We will uphold your rights as an individual and ensure respect for cultural and religious backgrounds
  • We recognise your needs to discuss your concerns in private and will ensure privacy for consultations and confidentiality at all times
  • If your case is urgent, you will be able to see a doctor on the same day. If your case is non urgent, you will normally be seen within two working days. At the surgery, you will be given a full explanation if you are kept waiting more than 20 minutes after your appointment time
  • Anyone registered with the practice will be offered a health check on request. Yearly health checks will be available for everyone over the age of 75
  • Patients will be greeted and directed courteously and efficiently at all times
  • All telephone calls to the surgery will normally be answered within six rings
  • All messages/visit requests will be recorded in the appropriate book and passed on to the doctor concerned as soon as possible

Our requirements

  • That patients accept that the staff are acting on the doctors’ behalf and should not be subject to abuse of any kind under any circumstances
  • That patients notify us as soon as possible if they are unable to keep an appointment as this allows other patients to be seen and keeps waiting times down
  • That patients requesting a home visit should telephone the surgery before 11.00, except in emergencies
  • That patients waiting in the surgery make allowance for the fact that emergency cases may have to be given priority
  • That patients will not make unnecessary requests for out of hours home visits
  • During changes to surgeries due to circumstances beyond our control, patients remain polite to staff and give their opinions in writing to the manager, if they require further explanation
  • That patients asking for test results telephone after 12noon
  • A violent or abusive patient will be asked to leave the practice premises. In extreme circumstances, they will be removed from the GP’s list

The Raleigh Surgery
33 Pines Road
Exmouth
EX8 5NH

Telephone: 01395 222499
Fax: 01395 225493

Surgery opening hours
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.00pm

We are a 1 partnered and 2 salaried GP practice. Over the years general practice has changed and the services provided have increased in variety. Although our main function is to provide help when you fall ill, many of our services are aimed at preventing illnesses and catching them in their earliest and most treatable stages.