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Practice Policies


An increasing amount of information is stored on our patient database and this helps us to provide a much more efficient service. The information is as secure and confidential as the information in your paper medical record file. We are properly registered under the Data Protection Act. As such, personal records are held in both computer and paper form.  

For your present and future treatment, your personal and care details will be documented.  This may be on paper (your medical records) or on a computer database. At all times great care is taken to ensure that high standards of confidentiality are maintained in respect of records held.  

 We use the information, which we hold on patients for their benefit – for example reviewing and monitoring patients with a particular condition. We may also use the information for other reasons such as internal practice research, audits, training and planning purposes.  

All staff are bound by the current Data Protection Act and confidentiality is maintained at all times.  

The current Data Protection Act gives you the right to access your information held on paper and electronically.    

From time to time, staff from NHS Borders may join our own staff to help us review and update our systems. In order to carry out this work a small number of their staff have to be given access to patient information. They are each bound by patient confidentiality agreements.   If you would like more information on this subject, or have any objections, please ask to speak to our practice manager who will be happy to discuss your query.  

The Freedom of Information Act (Scotland) Act 2002 recognises that members of the public have a right to know how public services are organised and run.  

Duns Medical Group is obliged to respond to requests about recorded information that it holds.   The Act creates a right to access to that information, subject to certain exemptions.  


The practice is known as “Duns Medical Group” and is contracted by NHS Borders to provide General Medical Services at The Knoll in Duns.  The practice is a non-limited partnership.  The partners are Dr. Simon McCann, Dr. Petrina Moralee & Dr Fiona Megahy.  The practice nurse is Maureen White.  It is not a training or teaching practice.  

NHS Borders has its headquarters at Newstead, Melrose, Roxburghshire TD6 9DB, phone (01896) 828282 or e-mail  They can provide full details of Primary Care Services available in the Borders.    

The practice is centred on Duns and covers approximately 300 square miles of Berwickshire and north Northumberland, bounded by and including Cockburnspath, Coldingham, Ayton, Norham, Paxton, Cornhill, Hume, Gordon, Westruther, Cranshaws and Longformacus.   We will normally request that you register with another practice should you move outwith our practice area.


In line with GMC guidance, GPs and Nurses are required to offer a chaperone for any intimate examinations. A chaperone is an impartial observer who would be present during the examination. Please do not be alarmed if we ask you if you would like a chaperone present. You can decline a chaperone if you would prefer.

For more information, please ask a member of the team. 

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