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Noticeboard

13th June 2017

We wish to bring to your attention that some practices have received bogus calls purporting to be from 'the practice' and asking them questions about medical conditions and current medications.

When the patients ask for further clarification from the caller they are told “Your Health Centre” and in one case the Health Centre was named.  The patients queries resulted in the call being ended abruptly.

PLEASE REMAIN VIGILANT - IF YOU ARE CONCERNED PLEASE END THE CALL AND CONTACT RECEPTION.

IMPORTANT PATIENT INFORMATION

The practice does not tolerate abusive behaviour against any member of staff.  This includes comments made on social media ie. Facebook, Twitter etc. 

 

From 1 April 2013 Repeat and Acute Re-issue prescriptions will be ready for collection 48 working hours after order is received.

 

PLEASE  NOTIFY RECEPTION OF ANY CHANGES OF ADDRESS OR OTHER DETAILS.

 

It is also important that you notify the hospital of any changes in your details.  If you have changed your address or name, or phone number or your GP please phone Altnagelvin Hospital on 02871 345171 extension 3446 or 3447 so that your appointment etc is sent to the correct address

Cancelling your Appointment

If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please cancel your appointment. You can telephone or use the cancel appointment facility on our website.

By giving us as much notice as you can you are helping us to make sure that someone else is given your slot.

WHEN WE ARE CLOSED:

Patients with an urgent medical condition, which cannot wait until the surgery is open, may contact the Out-of-Hours Service—WESTERN URGENT CARE— by phoning

02871 865 195

 Phoning for Test Results

Please phone for all results between 2pm and 4.45pm on 028 777 66354.

 

PALS

PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service)

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.

What does PALS do?

In particular, PALS will:

  • Provide you with information about the NHS and help you with any other health-related enquiry
  • Help resolve concerns or problems when you are using the NHS
  • Provide information about the NHS complaints procedure and how to get independent help if you decide you may want to make a complaint
  • Provide you with information and help introduce you to agencies and support groups outside the NHS
  • Inform you about how you can get more involved in your own healthcare and the NHS locally
  • Improve the NHS by listening to your concerns, suggestions and experiences and ensuring that people who design and manage services are aware of the issues you raise
  • Provide an early warning system for NHS Trusts and monitoring bodies by identifying problems or gaps in services and reporting them.

Find out more
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.



 
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