Collection of informationBayside Medical Group collects and holds personal health information about you.We will collect information from you in the following way:
- When you register as a patient of Bayside Medical Group
- When information is provided by you in the course of a consultation with one of our health professionals
- When information is provided by other health professionals acting on your behalf
- When updating your demographic details and/or processing your account for Medicare claiming purposes.
Disclosure of InformationWe may use and disclose the information you provide in the following ways:
- Disclosure to others involved in your health care, including doctors and specialists outside this practice who may become involved in treating you, pathology services, radiology services and in emergency situations. This may occur through referral to other doctors or specialists, or for medical tests and in the reports or results returned to us following the referrals.
- By law, doctors are sometimes required to disclose information for public interest reasons e.g. mandatory reporting of communicable diseases.
- Disclosure to enable recording on medical registers to improve community health care ( for example the diabetes register or pap smear register).
- Administrative purposes in running our medical practice, including our insurer or medical indemnity provider, and quality assurance and accreditation bodies.
- With your permission we may also disclose information to your insurer, legal representative to your employer – only with your express signed consent.
- Billing purposes, including providing information to your health insurance fund, Medicare and other organisations responsible for the financial aspects of your care.
- Collection of outstanding accounts via a third party
- Conducting medical research. You will be informed when such activities are being conducted and your involvement will only take place if you provide express signed consent for each program.
- Assisting with training and education of other health professionals. You will be informed when such activities are being conducted and your involvement will only take place if you provide express consent to your medical practitioner for each program.
Information QualityOur goal is to ensure that your information is accurate, complete and up-to-date. To assist us with this, please contact us if any of the details you have provided change. Further, if you believe that the information we have about you is not accurate, complete or up-to-date, contact us and we will use all reasonable efforts to correct the information.
Data SecurityThe storage, use and, where necessary, the transfer of personal health information will be undertaken in a secure manner that protects patient privacy. We will take all reasonable steps to protect the security of the personal information that we hold. This includes appropriate measures to protect electronic materials stored and generated in hard copy. It is necessary for medical practices to keep patient information after a patient’s last attendance for as long as required by law or is prudent having regard to administrative requirements.
Access to your personal informationAccess will be provided in accordance with our Access Policy. If you require access to your personal information please contact the Practice Manager.
Legal reasons why we collect the personal informationSome information we collect is in order to comply with our legal obligations eg Mandatory Reporting or Accreditation requirements.
What happens if you choose not to provide the information?You are not obliged to provide us with your personal information. However, if you choose not to provide Bayside Medical Group with your personal details such as name, address, Medicare details and date of birth etc we may not be able to provide you with the full range of our services and we will not be able to process your Medicare refund for you.
Treatment of ChildrenThe rights of children to the privacy of their health information, based on the professional judgement of the doctor and consistent with law, might restrict access to the child’s information by parents or guardians.
ComplaintsIf you have any complaints about our privacy practices or wish to make a complaint about how your personal information is managed please contact the Practice Manager. All complaints will be dealt with fairly and as quickly as possible.A privacy complaint relates to any concern or dispute that you have with our privacy practices as it relates to your personal information. This could include matters such as how personal information is collected, stored, used, disclosed or how access is provided.We prefer that your complaint is in writing.If you remain dissatisfied with our response, you may contact the Health Complaints Commissioner (HCC). The HCC responds to complaints about health services and the handling of health information in Victoria. Their service is free, confidential and impartial. To lodge a complaint with the HCC:Fill out a complaint form online at www.hcc.vic.gov.au orPhone 1300 582 113 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday to discuss your complaint.
Overriding PrinciplesAt all times the conduct under this Policy will be governed by the following principles:
- All requests for access will be treated seriously;
- All requests will be dealt with promptly;
- All requests will be dealt with in a confidential manner;
Form of AccessBayside Medical Group will provide access by allowing you to inspect, take notes of or receive copies or printouts of the personal information that the Bayside Medical Group holds about you.All requests must be in writing on the form supplied by us.To obtain access you will have to provide proof of your identity. This is necessary to ensure that personal information is provided only to the correct individuals and that the privacy of others is not undermined.
When will Access be denied?Access will be denied if:
- The request does not relate to the personal information of the person making the request;
- Providing access would pose a serious and imminent threat to life or health of a person;
- Providing access would create an unreasonable impact on the privacy of others;
- The request relates to legal proceedings between Hampton Bayside Medical Centre and you;
- Providing access would prejudice negotiations with the individual making the request;
- Access would be unlawful;
- Denial of access is authorised or required by law;
- Access would prejudice law enforcement activities;
- Access discloses a ‘commercially sensitive’ decision making process or information; or
- Any other reason that is provided for in the Health Privacy Principles (HPPs) set out in the Victorian Health Records Act and the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) set out under the Commonwealth Privacy Act.
- Where possible, the Hampton Bayside Medical Centre will favour providing access. It may do so by providing access to the appropriate parts of the record, and not the entire record.
TimeWe will take all reasonable steps to provide access within 45 days of your request.
Costs and chargesThere is no fee to lodge a request for access.Bayside Medical Group will, where possible, charge a reasonable fee to cover administrative costs such as photocopying. There are limits to the fees we can charge and these are prescribed in the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic).A fee will be charged for the doctor’s time spent perusing the notes or explaining them directly to the patient, or rewriting incomprehensible records, in accordance with fees suggested within the Victorian Health Records Act and the Health Records Regulations or Freedom of Information legislation.These charges cannot be claimed on Medicare or your Private Health Fund.
- Rash with small blisters and fever – CHICKEN POX
- Rash and Fever – MEASLES
- Fever, aches and pains, cold like symptoms – INFLUENZA
- Diarrhoea and vomiting – GASTROENTERITIS
- Fever, blisters on hands or feet or in the mouth, sore throat – HAND FOOT AND MOUTH INFECTION
If it is not a medical emergency then telephone the surgery first on 03 9598 9911 and you will be advised of the appropriate action.
WHEN YOU CALL TRIPLE ZERO (000)
Do you want Police, Fire or Ambulance? Stay calm, don’t shout, speak slowly and clearly Tell them exactly where to come. Give an address or location
If you are deaf or have a speech or hearing impairment call 106
This is a Text Emergency Call, not SMS You can call from teletypewriters Tell them which service you need and where to come
House calls and visits to residential aged care facilities are available to patients who are local residents if they are too ill or incapacitated to attend the surgery.
Doctors normally attend these visits in their lunch break or at the end of their session therefore, wherever possible, telephone before 10.00am to arrange a home visit.
Please note that out of Practice visits generally incur full private fees, except for DVA. For Pensioners there is a $35.00 gap payment.
The doctors at Bayside Medical Group provide a home visit service for patients of the clinic.
Patients who reside in the shaded area shown on the maps are eligible for receiving house calls from each clinic
Patients who reside outside of this area may only receive house calls by specific arrangement with their doctor.
The Policy of the Practice is that all repeat prescriptions or specialist referrals require an assessment with your doctor.
Prescription medication and referrals will generally require an appointment for review of the condition being treated as well as an opportunity to deal with other health issues. Medical care is best provided in person. During the appointment, elements of the history including medications can be updated to ensure accurate information is relayed to the specialist and current medical details are up to date.
Prescriptions and referrals are available on request over the phone to assist people in the circumstance where they are not able to attend. This can be an occasional occurrence. Scripts and referrals are provided on request to help patients in this situation.
Phone requests for prescriptions may be provided without repeats with the expectation that an appointment for review will be made at a later time.
The doctor reserves the right to decline a request for a prescription or a referral over the phone if they do not regard it as appropriate.
The doctor reserves the right to not provide referrals for an indefinite (ongoing) period if they do not consider it appropriate.
The provision of referrals and prescriptions outside of appointments will generally attract a fee.
The following fees apply:
- Script $26.00
- Referral $36.00
Fees should be paid in advance – we cannot provide this service until the fee is paid. No repeats will be written and a follow up appointment should be made with your Doctor
Your request will be sent to your Doctor – however the Doctor may wish to see you to write your script- if this is the case the fee will be refunded.
The practice provides a reminder system for our patients to deliver systematic preventative health care.
Reminders are available for many situations including Health Assessments, Asthma and Diabetes Care Plans, and Vaccinations.
Speak to your Doctor, if you would like to be enrolled in our reminder program.
This practice also participates in a number of government recall and reminder systems such as the Victorian Pap Smear Registry. If you do not want to be automatically enrolled in these programs, please advise your Doctor.
To receive your test results call us on 9598 9911, between 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm. A nurse will take your call and provide you with your results.
All test results are checked & assessed by your Doctor. Information regarding a result is not available until results are received and checked by your Doctor.
If a result requires Urgent action, the Doctor, or the nurse, will make immediate telephone contact with you to make an urgent appointment with the Doctor.
If the test result requires non urgent follow-up with your Doctor, a letter will be sent advising you to make an appointment within two weeks.
For general results information, telephone between 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm and your results will be provided by the Nurse on duty. Allow a minimum of 4 working days from the day of the test, to ensure they have been received and checked by your Doctor.
Please Note: The first priority for our nurses is contacting Urgent Recall and Follow-up patients. If the Nurse is particularly busy, and if your results are Normal, it may be the next day before they are able to return your call.
Pap smear results will be notified in writing within two weeks of having the smear. If you have not received notification of your smear result within two weeks, please telephone the clinic to enquire.