Boots Online Clinics Patient Guide
Aims and objectives
The Independent Medical Agency aims to provide convenient access to healthcare through the provision of safe and effective health services.
These services are offered by the Independent Medical Agency in partnership with local pharmacy and on the internet. The online services and development of pharmacy-based services are registered with the Care Quality Commission and The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority and aim to deliver very high standards of care. A range of specialised services are available to you and our trained healthcare professionals deliver these.
Whether online or in our pharmacies, your consultation will carefully ensure your suitability for the clinical services chosen. We will provide information about your condition, the treatment options and what our service provides.
Our charges will be displayed and communicated in a clear and open manner. Your medicines will be supplied by a local Boots pharmacy, or, for some services, you may opt to have them delivered by secure mail from one of our online pharmacies.
Regulation and registered provider
The Independent Medical Agency is registered under the ownership of The Boots Company PLC, 1 Thane Road, Nottingham, NG2 3AA and is regulated by:
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010 and the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009 and associated legislation. (Service Provider ID: 1-101634531)
The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA), under The Health and Personal Social Services (Quality Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (Code number of registration 12131).
Registered Manager and staff of the Independent Medical Agency
The Registered Manager is Morag Punton FFRPS MRPharmS and the Medical Director is Dr Graham Marshall MB BS BSocSc MSc FFPM. The clinical staff of the Agency are all UK registered & licensed healthcare professionals. You can write to any of the staff of the Independent Medical Agency at the Nottingham registered address shown.
Consent and confidentiality
We'll seek your consent to treatment when you access any of the services offered. All staff at the Independent Medical Agency are bound by professional standards of confidentiality and the IMA complies with the Data Protection Act 1998. It means that all your personal information and data are treated and maintained in confidence and not passed to third parties not involved in the services you access.
We believe that it’s important for both your safety and continuity of care that your family doctor is aware of any treatment that you have through the Agency. For this reason, we'll write to your doctor informing them of any treatment you receive. Or for certain services, we’ll advise you to inform your doctor so they have a complete record of your care.
Audit, feedback and Patient Survey
Like all quality healthcare providers, the Independent Medical Agency is committed to maintaining and improving standards of care and services through clinical audit. However, no personal, identifiable data is released or disclosed as a consequence of clinical audit activity.
We encourage you to provide feedback to The Independent Medical Agency by emailing IMA@boots.co.uk.
Patients accessing online services are sent an email invitation to complete a survey. Patients accessing a service provided in a community pharmacy are provided with a link to an online patient survey.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for using services provided by the Independent Medical Agency will be communicated to patients at the time of accessing the service.
We want you to be happy with the service we provide. We aim to deliver very high standards of customer care and welcome your feedback. If you feel we haven't delivered the quality of service you expected or you're not satisfied with your care, you may wish to complain. Please make any complaint initially to the pharmacist who provided your service or medicine, or to Boots Customer Care by telephone: 0345 0708090 (between the hours of 8.30am and 7pm Monday to Friday and 8.45am and 5pm Saturday and Sunday ((local rate; calls may be recorded for training purposes)).
We’ll make every effort to resolve your concerns immediately. If this isn't possible, we'll acknowledge your complaint within two working days unless we expect to be able to fully address the issue or concern satisfactorily within five working days. We'll carry out an investigation into your complaint, confirm our findings with you and try to agree a solution. We aim to achieve a satisfactory outcome within 20 working days. If, for any reason, we can’t achieve this, we'll write to you again informing you of this and the reason why. When we've completed the investigation and reached a satisfactory solution with you, we'll confirm this to you within five working days. A full response will detail the complaint, the outcome of the investigation and the steps taken as a result of the investigation.
If you prefer to make your complaint to someone who has not directly been involved in the service you’ve accessed or you’re not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint, you can write to:
The IMA Complaints Manager
D90 East FO8
1 Thane Rd
The Independent Medical Agency is regulated by:
CQC (Care Quality Commission)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tel: 03000 616161
To access The Independent Medical Agency’s most recent CQC inspection report go to: http://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-118837538
RQIA (The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority)
9th Floor Riverside Tower
5 Lanyon Place
To access The Independent Medical Agency’s most recent RQIA inspection report go to: https://www.rqia.org.uk/inspections/view-inspections-as/map/the-independent-medical-agency/