Know your patient and visitor rights and responsibilities at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Patients and their families have the following rights:

  • To know the mission statement of the healthcare facility and type of services that they provide
  • To be treated with dignity and respect, consistent with professional standards for all patients regardless of manner of payment, race, sex, nationality, religion, culture, disability or any other factor
  • To be treated to the highest professional standards by appropriately licensed, qualified and experienced practitioners in a properly licensed and approved facility
  • To receive care that is considerate and respectful of the patients’ personal values and beliefs
  • To receive healthcare on the basis of clinical need
  • To receive emergency medical care and treatment easily and quickly
  • To be referred to a specialist/consultant for special care when there is a clinical need
  • To receive a detailed explanation of their condition, care, treatment and aftercare, in terms that are free from professional jargon in order that the patient can fully understand
  • To access their medical record and medical information
  • To seek a second opinion without fear of compromise to his or her care within or outside the hospital
  • To privacy during examination, procedures, clinical care/treatment and to know who is in attendance and the purpose of those in attendance
  • To informed consent for treatment, procedures and interventions, as per Department of Health Consent Policy (Reference PPR/hCP/P0003/07)
  • To receive verbal and written information about any proposed treatment and to be told if there are any alternatives available
  • To have all clinical and pharmaceutical records kept fully updated and relevant, information fully documented and personal details and records kept fully confidential and protected from loss and misuse
  • To receive information on admission regarding the healthcare facility’s regulations and relevant policies
  • To reasonable safety in relation to the healthcare facility environment and practices
  • The freedom to choose their pharmaceutical care provider
  • To receive relevant, current and understandable information concerning their drugs and treatment
  • To decision making about their drugs and treatment choices
  • To discuss and request information related to their specific drug therapy, possible adverse side effects and drug interactions
  • To have drug therapy monitored for safety and efficacy and reasonable efforts made to detect and prevent drug allergies, adverse reactions or contraindications
  • To monitor the patient compliance and proper drug use and institute remedial interventions when necessary.
  • To be provided with Arabic/English interpreter services; all other language barriers will be accommodated based upon availability of interpreter resources
  • To have any complaint that they may make acknowledged and fully investigated, and be provided with a written response as per the facility policy
  • To be protected from physical assault during their visit/stay in the healthcare facility
  • To appropriate protection if they are children, disabled, elderly or vulnerable
  • To care at the end of their life which is respectful and compassionate
  • To be informed regarding any uncovered costs and expenses prior to making decisions • To receive treatment in an emergency situation regardless of the status of their insurance card
  • To receive information on how to make a complaint to the healthcare facility if unhappy about the lack of access to their rights, medical examination or treatment, behavior of the staff or healthcare facility safety standards

Patients and their families have the following responsibilities:

  • To bring a valid ID, their medical and insurance cards with them every time they attend the facility
  • To follow the rules and regulations of the facility
  • To follow the treatment plan as outlined by the healthcare professional
  • To ask any questions if they are not clear about any aspect of the healthcare provided 
  • To consider the rights and responsibilities of other patients and healthcare professionals 
  •  To show respect and courtesy to caregivers
  • To avoid using abusive language and/or display unsocial behavior to other patients, visitors or staff
  • To show consideration for other patients’ needs
  • To use the emergency services only for very urgent problems or when they are unable to use other health services
  • To give accurate information about their personal details and past medical history, including current treatments, medications, history of allergy or allergic reaction to any medication
  •  To safeguard any belongings that they decide to keep in their possession during their visit/stay in the facility
  •  To inform the medical staff if they have any special requirements for discharge and be prepared to go home/another facility once medically discharged from the hospital 
  • To bear the consequences for their own actions if they decide not to follow the healthcare provider’s instructions and/or treatment plan and recommendations
  • To keep their appointments and inform the clinic in advance if they are unable to attend so that the appointment may be used for someone else in need
  • To be accountable for the payment of the services provided by the facility when applicable
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