WAITING TO HEAR ABOUT A HOSPITAL APPOINTMENT OR OPERATION?
Help and support for patients waiting for a hospital appointment or operation
The My Planned Care website supports people waiting for a hospital appointment, operation or treatment, and gives them advice and support while they wait. This includes access to average waiting times at their hospital and other useful advice and local services.
Patients can check the website of their allocated hospital for any information they may need before contacting their hospital or GP practice. Carers, friends, relatives and NHS teams can also see this information and, if needed, help guide people through the detail.
The site is easy-to-use and updated weekly with other advice and information on how to manage pain, keeping healthy, looking after their mental health, accessing financial help and other local support services. The site can also help people to prepare for their appointment or operation, including practical suggestions about how to manage symptoms and help prevent these from getting worse.
ZERO TOLERANCE - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
MOAT HOUSE SURGERY
The Moat House Surgery takes it very seriously if a member of staff or one of the Doctors or Nursing Team is treated in an abusive or violent way.
The Practice supports the governments ‘Zero Tolerance’ campaign for Health Service Staff. This states that GPs and their staff have a right to care for others without fear of being attacked or abused. To successfully provide services, a mutual respect between all the staff and patients has to be in place. All our staff aim to be polite, helpful and sensitive to all patients’ individual needs and circumstances. We would respectfully remind patients that very often staff could be confronted with a multitude of varying and sometimes difficult tasks and situations, all at the same time. The staff understand that ill patients do not always act in a reasonable manner and will take this into consideration when trying to deal with a misunderstanding or complaint.
However, aggressive behaviour, be it violent or abusive, will not be tolerated and may result in you being removed from the Practice list and, in extreme cases, the Police being contacted.
In order for the Practice to maintain good relations with their patients, the Practice would like to ask all its patients to read and take note of the occasional types of behaviour that would be found unacceptable:
- Using bad language or swearing at Practice staff;
- Any physical violence towards any member of the Primary Health Care Team or other patients, such as pushing or shoving;
- Verbal abuse towards the staff in any form including verbally insulting the staff;
- Racial abuse and sexual harassment will not be tolerated within the Practice;
- Persistent or unrealistic demands that cause stress to staff will not be accepted. Requests will be met wherever possible and explanations given when they cannot;
- Causing damage/stealing from the Practices’ premises, staff or patients;
- Obtaining drugs and/or medical services fraudulently.
We ask you to treat your GPs and their staff courteously at all times.
Removal from the Practice list
A good patient-Doctor relationship, based on mutual respect and trust, is the cornerstone of good patient care. The removal of patients from our list is an exceptional and rare event and is a last resort in an impaired patient-Practice relationship. When trust has irretrievably broken down, it is in the patient’s interest, just as much as that of the Practice, that they should find a new Practice. An exception to this is an immediate removal on the grounds of violence, e.g. when the Police are involved.