17-19 Heaton Road, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 1SA

Telephone: 0191 265 5911

Violent or abusive behaviour

Heaton Road Surgery operates a zero tolerance policy will not tolerate any abuse towards its staff, doctors or other patients. This could be physical, verbal or online abuse. GPs and staff have a right to care for others without fear of being attacked, abused or treated badly in any way.

Aggressive behaviour, be it physical, verbal or online, will not be tolerated and may result in you being removed from the practice list and, in extreme cases, the Police being contacted.

In order for the practice to maintain good relations with our patients we would like to ask all our patients to read and take note of the occasional types of behaviour we see that would be found unacceptable:

  • Using bad language, texting, swearing or shouting at practice staff.
  • Any physical violence towards any member of our team or other patients.
  • Verbal abuse towards the staff in any form including shouting.
  • Racial abuse, discrimination or sexual harassment will not be tolerated.
  • Persistent or unrealistic demands that cause stress to staff will not be accepted. Requests will be met wherever possible and explanations given when they cannot be met.
  • Being perceived to bully a staff member to obtain something.
  • Causing damage/stealing from the practice’s premises, staff or patients.
  • Obtaining drugs and/or medical services fraudulently.

If patients breach the above, then they may be asked immediately or within 8 days to register with a new GP surgery.

Date published: 10th October, 2014
Date last updated: 20th August, 2023