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Doctor Code Of Practice

Clinical knowledge, skills & performance

  • Make the care of your patient your first concern
  • Keep your professional knowledge and skills up-to-date
  • Adhere to the hospital policies, and clinical guidelines and protocols
  • Support research and training in the hospital
  • Provide a good standard of practice and care
  • Recognize and work within the limits of your competence

Clinical quality and safety

  • Take prompt action if you think patient safety, dignity or comfort is being compromised
  • Facilitate review and audit of clinical policies and outcomes
  • Ensure transparency and accuracy of all reported data
  • Monitor and measure your own performance at regular intervals
  • Engage in all activities directed towards continuous quality improvement

Service excellence and communication

  • Treat patients politely and considerately, respecting their dignity
  • Listen and respond to patients’ concerns and preferences — give them adequate time and attention
  • Be prompt and punctual with your patients and co-workers
  • Respect patients’ rights to confidentiality and privacy
  • Do not judge or comment on patients’ conduct, behaviour or history
  • Give patients the information they want and need in a way they can understand
  • Adopt technology that allows you to provide a better patient experience
  • Encourage a working culture of equality and respect for all, especially our nursing staff
  • Work with colleagues in ways that best serve the patients’ interests — you are a part of a care team that also include nurses and other staff

Integrity

  • Prescribe only when it is clinically indicated
  • Be transparent and honest in all your activities
  • Never discriminate unfairly against patients or colleagues
  • Do not advise patients based on commercial incentives
  • Avoid situations that may be construed as a conflict of interest
 
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