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Test Results
Please telephone for test results between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Appointments
You may see the Doctor of your choice by appointment.   Please telephone or speak to the receptionist a few days in advance for routine appointments.   Urgent cases will be seen the same day, but it is helpful if you telephone in the morning.   Please try to give the receptionists any information which they may ask for, as this helps the Doctor assess your request

Home Visits
Please make every effort to come to the Surgery as this gives the Doctor more time and better facilities to deal with your problem.   If you are too ill to attend the Surgery it is helpful if you can telephone your request for a home visit as early as possible in the morning, ideally before 9.30am.

Cancelling your Appointment
Unfortunately, we continue to have a number of patients failing to attend appointments, which has an adverse affect on appointments available for other patients. 

During the month of July , there were 221 missed appointments, which equates to 37 hours of lost consultation time.

If you are unable to attend an appointment, it is important to let reception know in order to allow the appointment to be offered to another patient.  We thank you for your co-operation in this respect. 

Bowel Screening

Patients aged 50-74 years are asked to provide stool samples for bowel screening in order to detect problems early so that this can be addressed soon! Please call 0800 0121 833 for a kit. Please click on the link below for further information.

http://www.bowelscreening.scot.nhs.uk/

Walking Group

Cathy Murphy at North Ayr Health Centre is currently organising a local walking group, if you are interested in this, please give your name to Reception at North Ayr Health Centre.

Policy on Practice Complaints

 

We always try to give you the best service possible, but there may be times when you feel this has not been sufficient.  This leaflet explains what to do if you have a complaint about the services you have received from the doctors or any of the staff working in this practice.  This practice policy does not deal with questions of legal liability or compensation.

 

How to Complain

 

We hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, often at the time they arise and directly with the person concerned.  If your problem cannot be sorted out in this way and you wish to make a complaint, we would like you to let us know as soon as possible – ideally within a matter of days or at most a few weeks – because this will enable us to establish what happened more easily.  If it is not possible to do that, please let us have details of your complaint:

 

·         within 6 months of the incident that caused the problems; or

·         within 6 months of discovering that you have a problem (provided this is within 12 months of the incident).

 

Complaints should be addressed in the first instance to the Practice Development Manager,  who will take full details of the complaint and decide how best to proceed with the investigation.  Alternatively, you can complete a complaints form, available from reception, which will be passed to the Practice Development Manager.  It will be helpful if you are as specific as possible about your complaint.

 

What We Shall Do

 

We shall acknowledge your complaint with 2 working days and aim to have looked into your complaint in detail within 10 working days of the date you raised it with us.  We should then be in a position to offer you an explanation, or if necessary, a meeting with the people involved.  When we look into your complaint we shall aim to:

 

·         find out what happened and what went wrong;

·         make it possible for you to discuss the problem with those concerned;

·         ensure you receive an apology, where this is appropriate;

·         identify what we can do to make sure the problem does not happen again.

 

Occasionally, if we have to make a lot of enquiries, it might take a little longer, but we will keep you informed in the meantime.  If you do wish to have a meeting with the people concerned, you may bring a friend or relative.

Complaining on Behalf of Someone Else

 

Please note that we keep strictly to the rules of medical confidentiality.  If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, we have to know that you have his or her permission to do so.  Normally a note signed by the person concerned will be needed, unless they are incapable (because of illness) of providing this. A list of who can complain is attached.

 

Complaining to the NHS

 

If possible, we will try to resolve your concerns within the practice.  However, if you are still dissatisfied, you may approach the NHS Complaints Team, contact details as undernoted:

 

Patient Relations & Complaints Manager

Ayrshire & Arran Primary Care NHS Trust

Eglinton House

Ailsa Hospital

Dalmellington Road

Ayr  

KA6 6AB

 

Telephone: 01292 513620

 

Other useful Number:

 

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

4 Melville Street

Edinburgh

EH3 7NS

 

Telephone: 0800 377 7330

 

 

 
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