Lowther Medical Centre

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Violent or abusive behaviour

Zero Tolerance

We strongly support the NHS policy on zero tolerance.

The practice will request the removal of any patient from the practice list who is aggressive or abusive towards a doctor, member of staff, other patient, or who damages property.

This behaviour is not tolerated at all.

All instances of actual physical abuse on any doctor or member of staff, by a patient or their relatives will be reported to the police as an assault.

We expect all patients to be responsible and avoid attending the surgery under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Any alteration of prescriptions is illegal and will not be tolerated.

If you are seriously unhappy with the quality of service you have the right to register with another practice without notifying us. Similarly, on the very rare occasions when a patient repeatedly ignores their responsibilities to the Practice, we have the right to remove the patient from our Practice list.

Examples of Unacceptable Standards of Behaviour

  • Violence.
  • Excessive noise eg recurrent loud or intrusive conversation or shouting.
  • Threatening or abusive language involving swearing or offence remarks.
  • Derogatory racial or sexual remarks.
  • Malicious allegations relating to members of staff, other patients or visitors.
  • Offensive sexual gestures or behaviours.
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs on practice premises.
  • Drug dealing on practice premises.
  • Wilful damage to practice property.
  • Threats or threatening behaviour.
  • Theft

Removal from the List

In exceptional circumstances, a breakdown may occur between a doctor and his patient. If the breakdown is of a serious nature e.g. serious physical or verbal abuse to any member of the practice team, the doctors may feel that the doctor/patient relationship has been compromised. Steps may be taken to have the patient removed from the doctor’s list. Where possible, conciliation would always be the preferred route.