Welcome to Guardian Medical Centre
Guardian Medical Centre is home to an NHS general practice providing a comprehensive range of medical services within friendly, comfortable and modern purpose-built premises.
The building was built by the practice in 1995 and houses not only the GPs but also a wide range of community services.
This website has been designed to introduce you to our practice. Please read it carefully, it informs you about the services provided and how to use them.
Please click here to access the full leaflet: Befriending Service Leaflet
Our car park is run by Smart Parking and enables all visitors to the practice and Rowlands Pharmacy to park for free between the hours of 8am-6.30pm.
All visitors will be required to register their car registration plate at reception using the I-pad facility. This is also available at the pharmacy.
There is ample parking and the building offers easy access and facilities for the disabled and mothers with babies.
Are you taking gabapentin or pregabalin (brand names include lyrica, alzain Neurontin)
The changes outlined below come into affect from April 2019. These changes follow a government consultation because of concerns around misuse and will mean that these drugs become Controlled Drugs (CDs)
What does this mean to you:
- prescriptions will expire 28 days from the date on the prescription
- any pharmacy owings will be collected by the expiry
- quantities may be reduced to a maximum of 30 days
- you will need proof of identity to collect from pharmacy
- you will need to sign when collecting your prescription
- emergency supplies and loans cannot be made from pharmacies if you run out
Your Data Matters to the NHS
Information about your health and care helps the NHS to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments.
In May 2018, the strict rules about how this data can and cannot be used were strengthened. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always been clear about how it is used.
You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning
To find out more visit: nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
How your data is used
Your health and care information is used to improve your individual care. It is also used to help us research new treatments, decide where to put GP clinics and plan for the number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital.
Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information.
What is confidential patient information?
Confidential patient information identifies you and says something about your health, care or treatment. You would expect this information to be kept private. Information that only identifies you, like your name and address, is not considered confidential patient information and still may be used: for example, to contact you if your GP practice is merging with another.
Who can use your confidential patient information for research and planning?
Is used by the NHS, local authorities, university and hospital researchers, medical colleges and pharmaceutical researching new treatments.
Making your data opt-out choice
You can choose to opt out of sharing your confidential patient information for research and planning. There may still be times when confidential patient information is used: for example, during an epidemic where there may be a risk to you or to other people’s health. You can also still consent to take part in specific research project.
Will choosing this opt-out affect your care and treatment?
No, your confidential patient information will still be used for your individual care. Choosing to opt out will not affect your care or treatment. You will still be invited for screening Services, such as screenings for bowel cancer.
What should you do next?
You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your confidential patient information is used.
If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you can choose to opt out securely online or through a telephone service.
You can change your choice at any time.
To find out more or to make your choice visit nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or call 0300 303 5678
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
How we use your information:
- We collect and hold data about you for the purpose of providing safe and effective healthcare
- Your information may be shared with our partner organisations to audit services and help provide you with better care
- Information sharing is subject to strict agreements on how it is used
- We will only share your information outside of our partner organisations with your consent *
- If you are happy with how we use your information you do not need to do anything
- If you do not want your information to be used for any purpose beyond providing your care please let us know so we can code your record appropriately
- You can object to sharing information with other health care providers but if this limits your treatment options we will tell you
- Our guiding principle is that we are holding your information in the strictest confidence
- For more information about who our partner organisations are and how your data us used please see our privacy notice or ask at reception
* Unless the health & safety of others is at risk, the law requires it or it is required to carry out a statuary function.
When the practice is closed
Please find some links below to guide you on any help you require when the practice is closed.
Emergency dental treatment:
Self care at home:
General healthcare advice and information:
CARE QUALITY COMMISSION
Guardian Medical Centre was inspected by the Care Quality Commission in March 2016 and received an overall rating of Good. To view the full report please visit the following website www.cqc.org.uk and search for Guardian Medical Centre or click on our policies tab at the top of the page and click on CQC.
WHO IS MY ALLOCATED GP?
Whilst all of our patients are welcome to see any of our GP's in the practice, we have allocated a GP to every patient in the practice (including children) as part of the government's plans to give every patient in the country a named GP, responsible for co-ordinating all of the services we provide through our contract. If you would like to know who your named GP is please contact reception, if you feel that you wish to change your allocated GP, we will endeavour to accommodate your request at reception.
(Site updated 04/10/2019)