The Dunstan Partnership

Breightmet Health Centre, Breightmet Fold Lane, Breightmet, Bolton, BL2 6NT


Due to the preparation work required to merge our Practice IT network and telephone service with NHS Bolton Foundation Trust, the Practice will be operating an EMERGENCY ONLY service from 12 noon on THURSDAY 21ST MARCH 2019, as both the routine telephone and the Clinical IT systems will NOT be operational for approximately 5 hours.

The emergency telephone line will continue to be operational FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY during this downtime.

There may be further disruption to our IT services on Wednesday 27th March 2019 – details to follow.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and would like to thank you in advance for your co-operation.

The GP Partners

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) because law on the 24th May 2016.  This is a single EU-wide regulation on the protection of confidential and sensitive information.  It enters into force in the UK on the 25th May 2018, repealing the Data Protection Act (1998).

To view our Data Protection Notice and Data Protection Privacy Notice for patients, click here.

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Named Accountable GP For All Patients

From the 1st April 2015, all practices are required, by NHS England, to allocate ALL patients with a named accountable GP.

This means that practices will need to ensure that each patient on their practice list is assigned a named accountable GP.

Individual patients will be informed of their named accountable GP at the first appropriate interaction with the practice.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no need to telephone the practice for this information.

Where a patient expresses a preference as to which GP they have been assigned, the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate this request.

Having a named GP does not mean you can only see this GP. As a Dunstan Partnership patient, you are quite within your rights to book, in advance, with the doctor you choose to see, or continue to see the GP who is available on the day.

The named GP will not take on 24 hour responsibility for you, or make a change to their working hours. The requirement does not imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week. The named accountable GP cannot be the only GP to care for you. Therefore, you should see no change in the day to running of the practice or your care.

What does this mean for me, as a patient?

The new GP contract requires the named accountable GP to take responsibility for the co-ordination of all appropriate services required under the contract and ensure they are delivered to each of our patients, where required. The contract remains ‘practice based’, so overall responsibility for patient care has not changed. This is largely a role which oversees the requirements being introduced, to reassure our patients that they have one GP within the practice who is responsible for ensuring that this work is carried out on their behalf.

If you would like to know the name of your Accountable GP, please ask at our Reception Desk or the GP when you are next here at the surgery.

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Online Access to Your Medical Records

The Dunstan Partnership, has, for the last year and a half, been offering patients the opportunity to request prescriptions, book and cancel appointments, and change their contact details online.  We are now extending this service to being able to view your medical records online using the same system called Patient Access.

Being able to see your record online may help you to manage your medical conditions.  It also means that you can even access your records from anywhere in the world, should you require medical treatment on holiday.  If you decide not to join, or wish to withdraw, this is your choice and our practice staff will continue to treat you in the same way as before.  In general, this decision, will not affect the quality of care you receive from The Dunstan Partnership.

You will be given login details, so you will need to think of a password which is unique to you.  This will ensure that only you are able to access your record – unless you choose to share your details with a family member or carer.

It will be your responsibility to keep your login details and password safe and secure.  If you know or suspect that your record has been accessed by someone that you have not agreed should see it, then you should change your password immediately.

If you can’t do this for some reason, we recommend that you contact the practice so that we can remove online access until you are able to reset your password.

If you print out any information from your record, it is also your responsibility to keep this secure.  If you are at all worried about keeping printed copies safe, we recommend that you do not make copies at all.

Before you apply for online access to your record, there are some other things to consider.

Although the chances of any of these things happending are very small, you will be asked that you have read and understood the following before you are given login details.

Forgotten History

There may be something you have forgotten about in your record that you might find upsetting.

Abnormal Results or Bad News

If we have given you access to test results or letters, you may see something that you find upsetting to you.  This may occur before you have spoken to your doctor or while the surgery is closed and you cannot contact us.

Choosing to Share Your Information with Someone

It’s up to you whether or not you share your information with others – perhaps family members or carers.  It’s your choice, but also your responsibility to keep the information safe and secure.


If you think you may be pressured into revealing details from your patient record to someone else against your will, it is best that you do not register for access at this time.

Misunderstood Information

Your medical record is designed to be used by clinical professionals to ensure that you receive the best possible care. Some of the information within your medical record may be highly technical, written by specialists and not easily understood. If you require further clarification, please contact the surgery for a clearer explanation.

Information About Someone Else

If you spot something in the record that is not about you or notice any other errors, please log out of the system immediately and contact the practice as soon as possible.


For more information about keeping your healthcare records safe and secure, you will find a helpful leaflet produced by the NHS in conjunction with the British Computer Society.

A copy of the leaflet will be provided to you if you decide to sign up for online access to your medical records, together with a frequently asked questions guide for patients that we recommend you read before signing the Online Access Registration Form.

If you would like to sign up for Online Access to your medical record, please ask one of our receptionists to provide you with an information pack.

At present, we are only making this service available to patients who are aged 18 and over.

The practice has the right to remove online access to services for anyone who doesn’t use them responsibly.


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Care Quality Commission (CQC)

On the 4th December 2014, The Dunstan Partnership was inspected by the Care Quality Commission, using the new inspection methods. We are extremely
pleased to announce that the practice passed the CQC inspection, with no areas identified as requiring improvement or any action whatsoever.

To view the full report, please click here.

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