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 The Barn Surgery

Patients’ Rights & Responsibilities


Patients have a right to:

  • To be seen by a GP of your choice, though this may not be the earliest available appointment with any doctor
  • Be offered a health check questionnaire on joining the Practice
  • Receive emergency care at any time (this may include care from other agencies when the surgery is closed)
  • Receive appropriate drugs and medicines
  • Be referred for specialist second opinion if the GP agrees
  • View their medical records, subject to the Acts, and to know that those working for the NHS are under legal obligation to keep the contents confidential
  • To be seen by a GP within 48 hours and a healthcare professional within 24 hours (Monday – Friday)

Patients’ Responsibilities:

  • Be courteous to our staff at all times. Violent or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated and may result in the patient’s removal from the Practice List
  • Everyone should have respect for race, gender and disability
  • To attend appointments on time or give adequate notice to cancel; someone else could use the appointment
  • Remember that an appointment is for one person only and to discuss one condition.
  • To make best use of nursing and medical time – home visits should be medically justifiable and not requested for social convenience
  • Give 2 working days’ notice for repeat prescriptions, to allow for accurate prescribing and 4 working days if the prescription is to be sent direct to a pharmacy
  • Request out-of-hours calls (evening, nights and weekends) only if they are felt to be truly necessary

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