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Cost legacy of decades-old NHS blunders begins to rise
16 Jan 2018 00:15
Damages are still being paid today for medical mistakes which happened before 1995 and the bill is starting to climb.
Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze
16 Jan 2018 01:06
Clamping your nose and mouth shut when you need to sneeze is dangerous, doctors warn the public.
Employers urged to 'normalise' menopause in the workplace
16 Jan 2018 00:17
A BBC survey found 70% of women did not tell their employers about their menopause symptoms.
'Being a teenage mother is so lonely'
15 Jan 2018 00:56
New guidelines aim to cut UK teenage pregnancy rates which remain among the highest in Europe.
London's January air quality 'best in 10 years'
15 Jan 2018 10:57
The capital has breached air pollution limits by 6 January every year since 2008.
Almost 500 operations postponed across Scottish hospitals last week
15 Jan 2018 19:42
A rapid rise in flu cases and a spell of severe weather has put additional pressure on the NHS in Scotland.
About Your Rights
As a NHS patient you are entitled:
To receive general medical care from a GP on the basis of a clinical need and regardless of ability to pay.
To change your doctor if you want, quickly and easily.
To receive emergency medical care.
To be treated under the NHS by a GP if you are away from home.
To be treated by another GP in the practice if your own is not available.
To be offered a health check when first registering with a GP.
To request a health check if you haven't seen a GP in more than three years.
To be offered a yearly health check if you are over 75, carried out at the surgery or at home.
To have appropriate medicines and appliances prescribed when necessary.
To be referred to a consultant or specialist when your GP thinks necessary and be referred for a second opinion if you and your doctor agree it is desirable.
To be assured of confidentiality in all contacts with your GP and practice staff.
To receive, free of charge, certificates for statutory sick pay for illness lasting more than six days and other statutory certificates where appropriate.
To have clearly explained the diagnosis, proposed treatment, major risks and any alternatives.
To receive a home visit at any time if your doctor feels it is necessary.
To have access to your health records held on computer or hand written, subject to any limitations in law.
To receive an up-to-date information booklet.
To choose whether or not to take part in medical research and medical student training.
To choose to be registered with a doctor who provides contraceptive and maternity services. A patient may choose her own or any doctor that provides these services.
Where appropriate, to receive invitations for cervical screening.
To receive appropriate childhood vaccinations and immunisations.
To receive an invitation for free breast screening if you are a woman aged between 50 and 64 years old.
To receive advice about health, diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol, drugs and solvent abuse.
To have a complaint about any NHS service investigated and to receive a full and prompt written reply from the Chief Executive of the relevant Health Authority.
To see any medical report written about you for the purposes of insurance or employment.
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