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Swanlow Medical CentreDene Drive Primary Care CentreDene DriveWinsford, CW7 1ATTel: 01606 - 544644
England’s Chief Nurse has today reminded the public that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.
Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday.
However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.
That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.
Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.
The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.
The new Data Protection rules General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into effect from 25th May 2018. The GDPR is something all GP's are working towards and you may see a few changes to the information you are given. In essence the GDPR ensures that Information Governance and Information Security are at the forefront of any decisions that we make, ensuring your data and information is secure at all times. We want to reassure patients that that we have always taken Data Protection and Confidentiality extremely seriously and will continue to do so.
Please see our Privacy Notice here Privacy Notice
Please see our Privacy Notice for Covid-19:
Supplementary Privacy Notice
If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.
Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.
GDPR Leaflet for Patients
Children's GDPR Privacy Leaflet
Notice under Regulation 3(4) of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulation 2002
We make every effort to give the best service possible to everyone who attends our practice.
However, we are aware that things can go wrong resulting in a patient feeling that they have a genuine cause for complaint. If this is so, we would wish for the matter to be settled as quickly, and as amicably, as possible.
To pursue a complaint please contact the Practice Development Manager (Ange Roberts) and she will deal with your concerns appropriately. Further written information is available on the complaints procedure from reception.
We are continually striving to improve our service. Any helpful suggestions would be much appreciated and a suggestion box is located in the waiting area.
The Health Service Ombudsman has published a booklet that describes the ‘six principles for remedy’ in relation to complaints handling and involves:
If you remain unhappy after everything has been done to try to resolve your concern or complaint you have the right to approach the Ombudsman. Tel: 0345 015 4033 Email: email@example.comWrite: Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SW1P 4QP.
The NHS employs over a million staff in thousands of locations. It is a large and complex organisation providing a broad range of services. It is not surprising that sometimes you or a loved one may feel bewildered or concerned when using the NHS. And this can be at times when you are feeling at your most vulnerable and anxious.
So, what should you do if you want on the spot help when using the health service? The NHS expects all members of staff to listen and respond to you to the best of their ability. But sometimes, you may wish to talk to someone employed especially to help you. The Patient Advice and Liaison Service, known as PALS, has been introduced to ensure that the NHS listens to patients, their relatives, carers and friends, and answers their questions and resolves their concerns as quickly as possible.
PALS also helps the NHS to improve services by listening to what matters to patients and their loved ones and making changes, when appropriate.
In particular, PALS will:
If you would like more information about PALS, the functions it is intended to provide and the standards it should strive to achieve , follow this link.
Patients at this practice are entitled to:
Patient Online Services Practice Statement of Intent.docx
Our Mission Statement
To strive for excellence and work in partnership with our patients to ensure they are supported in their healthcare in a setting that meets their expectations.
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Swanlow have just been advised that we have kept our Good rating following a "virtual" assessment on 5th August 2021 by the Care Quality Commission.
Swanlow Medical Centre was awarded Good in our CQC visit in 2018.
CQC Final Report November 2018