Links Health Centre, Frank Wood Way, Montrose, DD10 8TY

Telephone: 01674 676 161
Out of hours: 111

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Practice Polices & Service Information

This section lists some of the most important Practice Policies. It is not practical to list all of the Practice policies on this website but please speak to our Practice Manager if you require details of our other policies.


Chaperones

The practice is committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment where patients and staff are confident that best practice is being followed.  

Patients are entitled to ask for a chaperone for any consultation, examination or procedure where they feel they prefer to have a chaperone.  

The practice will endeavour to provide a formally trained chaperone upon request, but patients would help us by requesting a chaperone when booking an appointment where a chaperone is required.  This may mean rescheduling appointments in order to meet this need.

A doctor, nurse or other health care professional may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations.

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Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Everyone who uses NHS services in Scotland has rights about how they access and receive their care. These rights ensure people are treated safely, fairly and effectively, and with consideration, dignity and respect.

It’s important that you know your rights and understand what you can expect from us whenever you use NHS services. But it’s also important to recognise that you have responsibilities – things that everyone is expected to do to help the NHS work effectively in Scotland and to help make sure it uses its resources responsibly.

The Charter explains what you can expect – and what is expected of you – when you use NHS services and receive NHS care in Scotland.

To find out more about Health rights in Scotland or to read the Charter in full – and to find what alternative formats are available - visit nhsinform.scot/health-rights, or click the link below:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/care-support-and-rights/health-rights/patients-charter/the-charter-of-patient-rights-and-responsibilities

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Complaints Procedure

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. Simply contact the Practice Manager, or in their absence the senior receptionist, as soon as possible and they will set the necessary procedure in motion. 

Further written information on the complaints procedure is available on request.

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Violence Policy

The NHS operate a zero tolerance policy with regard to violence and abuse and the practice has the right to remove violent patients from the list with immediate effect in order to safeguard practice staff, patients and other persons. Violence in this context includes actual or threatened physical violence or verbal abuse which leads to fear for a person's safety. In this situation we will notify the patient in writing of their removal from the list and record in the patient’s medical records the fact of the removal and the circumstances leading to it.