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Welcome to St Keverne Health Centre

The doctors and staff at St Keverne Health Centre on the Lizard peninsula are proud to offer the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare. Despite the increasing challenges to family practice we provide continuity of care to our patients as well as flexibility to suit our patient's needs. We are able to offer a range of investigations at the surgery and other medical services including antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, full sexual health and contraceptive advice including fitting of contraceptive devices. Our practice nurses run dedicated clinics for the management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes, travel and childhood vaccinations and well-person checks. We work closely with Helston Community Hospital. We have our own dispensary, meaning that our patients can obtain acute and repeat medications on site.  

Access and Parking

We are situated at the top of the High street in St Keverne. Pedestrian access is at the bus stop behind the An Gof statues. By car please follow the sign to the Health centre via Polventon Parc. There is ample parking at the surgery, including 2 disabled parking bays. There is a gentle slope to the wide entry doors, availability of wheelchairs for transfers and relevant toilet facilities.

Confidentiality

The practice complies with the Data Protection Act.

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of health care and is central to the work of everyone working in general practice. All information about patients is confidential: from the most sensitive diagnosis, to the fact of having visited the surgery or being registered at the Practice.

The duty of confidentiality owed to a person under 16 is as great as the duty owed to any other person.

All patients can expect that their personal information will not be disclosed without their permission except in the most exceptional of circumstances, when somebody is at grave risk of serious harm.

Responsibilities of Practice Staff:-

All health professionals must follow their professional codes of practice and the law. This means that they must make every effort to protect confidentiality. It also means that no identifiable information about a patient is passed to anyone or any agency without the express permission of that patient, except when this is essential for providing care or is necessary to protect somebody's health, safety or well-being.

All health professionals are individually accountable for their own actions. They should also work together as a team to ensure that standards of confidentiality are upheld, and that improper disclosures are avoided.

Additionally, the GP as an employer:-

Is responsible for ensuring that everybody employed by the Practice understands the need for, and maintains, confidentiality.

Has overall responsibility for ensuring that systems and mechanisms to protect confidentiality are in place.

Has vicarious liability for the actions of those working in the Practice - the health professionals and the non-clinical staff.

Standards of confidentiality apply to all health professionals, administrative and ancillary staff - including receptionists, secretaries, practice managers, cleaners and maintenance staff who are bound by contracts of employment to maintain confidentiality - and also to students or others observing practice. They must not reveal, to anybody outside the Practice, personal information they learn in the course of their work, or due to their presence in the surgery, without the patient's consent. Nor will they discuss with colleagues any aspect of a patient's attendance at the surgery in a way that might allow identification of the patient, unless to do so is necessary for that patient's care.

If disclosure is necessary:-

if a patient or another person is at grave risk of serious harm which disclosure to an appropriate person would prevent, the relevant health professional will counsel the patient about the benefits of disclosure. If the patient refuses to allow disclosure, the health professional can take advice from a professional, regulatory or defence body, in order to decide whether a disclosure without consent is justified to protect the patient or another person.

Access to Medical Records

Patients can request access to their medical records by writing to the practice manager. Records may be viewed at the practice and a charge will be made for any photocopies requested.

On occasion, access to your medical records may be required for audit purposes by, for example, the Primary Care Trust. Under the Department of Health's Code of Practice on Confidentiality and Disclosure of Information 2004, written consent will be required from patients prior to accessing their medical records for

www.nhsis.co.uk/confidentiality

If you have any questions about how we use your personal health information, or would like to see your health records please contact our Practice Manager.

 

 

 


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