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Terms and Conditions of Business

The Menopause Group CIC – Terms and Conditions of business

  1. i)  Welcome to The Menopause Group CIC a private clinic which provides specialist medical services relating to the treatment of the symptoms of the menopause and perimenopause.
  2. ii)  Below are the terms and conditions for the provision of our specialist medical services (defined below).

Please read the following important terms and conditions which will apply to all Services which we provide to you.

If you require emergency medical attention, or any other treatment that is urgent, we strongly advise that you contact your General Practitioner (GP), or the emergency services. The Services and any Advice are provided for non-urgent circumstances only, and are in no way intended to replace the services of the NHS or your GP.

In order to receive our Services, you must be aged 18 or over and domiciled in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. If you are under the age of 18 years old, you may receive our Services only with the consent of your parent or guardian.

BY RECEIVING THE SERVICES, YOU AGREE TO BE BY BOUND BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, WE WILL BE UNABLE TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES TO YOU.

Your attention is particularly drawn to clause 14 of this Contract below, which limits our liability to you.

  1. Definitions

In this Contract:

  • ‘Advice’ means any medical advice or information provided by us to you in whatever form whether via the telephone, by video call, in email or in person;
  • ‘Appointment’ means the agreed time for a Consultation arranged and reserved through our booking system;
  • ‘Associated Services’ means health and wellbeing services provided by our third party suppliers;
  • ‘Booking Confirmation’ means the email confirming your Appointment for a Consultation;
  • ‘Charges’ means the fees for the Services and Medicines shown in our current rate card located at The Menopause Group CIC (as amended from time to time) and payable in accordance with clause 5 below;
  • ‘Complex Medical History’ means that you are experiencing or have experienced medical issues including (but not limited to) breast cancer; reproductive surgery; or other gynaecological or obstetric issues;
  • ‘Consultation’ means an Initial Consultation or Follow Up Consultation;
  • ‘Contract’ means the booking form(s) and these terms and conditions;
  • ‘Effective Date’ means the commencement date of the Contract being the date of the Booking Confirmation for your Initial Consultation;
  • ‘Follow Up Consultation’ means any subsequent Appointments following your Initial Consultation with us for the provision of Advice;
  • ‘Health Care Professional or HCP’ means a health care practitioner (doctor and or nurse) engaged or employed by us who provides Advice, devises and implements the Treatment Plan;
  • ‘Initial Consultation’ means your initial Appointment with us for the provision of certain Advice;
  • ‘Medical History Form’ means  The Menopause Group CIC medical history Patient questionnaire or pre-consultation questionnaire
  • ‘Medicine’ means the medicines prescribed as part of the Services;
  • ‘Menopause Symptom Questionnaire’ means the Menopause Group CIC Patient symptom questionnaire;
  • ‘Patient’ means a patient who receives certain Services from The Menopause Group CIC
  • ‘Questionnaires’ the Medical History Form and Menopause Symptom Questionnaire completed by you in accordance with clause 3.7 or such other questionnaires as may be notified to you from time to time in writing;
  • ‘Remote Consultation’ means a Consultation conducted via the System Provider video conferencing service or by telephone;
  • ‘Services’ means the provision of private medical Advice relating to symptoms of the perimenopause and the menopause including (but not limited to) the Initial Consultation, any Follow-Up Consultation Treatment Plan and any Associated Services;
  • ‘Site’ means our Menopause Group CIC website located at www.themenopausegroup.com
  • ‘System Provider’ means our clinical records system and video conferencing service provider;
  • ‘Treatment Plan’ means your treatment plan devised by an HCP to assist with the management of symptoms of the perimenopause and menopause;
  • ‘we’, ‘us’ or ‘our’ means; The Menopause Group CIC and
  • ‘you’ or ‘your’ means a Patient. If you have any questions about this Contract, please contact us by:
  • sending an email to info@themenopausegroup.com or
  • calling us on 0115 6487917 (our telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 10 am to 3 pm).

Who we are:

  • We are,The Menopause Group CIC a community interest company registered in England and Wales under company number: 13547024

Our registered office is at: 126 Wish Hill, Eastbourne United Kingdom,BN27 3GJ.

We provide the Services in-person, via video conferencing service provided by our System Provider. The charges for the Services are set out [on our Site]. The provision of the Services to you by us are subject to these terms and conditions.

We subscribe to the GMC standards of good practice, which can be found at https://www.gmc- uk.org/ethical-guidance/ethical-guidance-for-doctors/good-medical-practice.

  1. Introduction

Please read these terms and conditions carefully before you arrange an Appointment. These terms and conditions set out who we are, how we will provide the Services to you, how you and we may change or end the Contract, what our liability to you is and other important information.

We may amend these terms and conditions from time to time and will inform you by email of any significant changes made. Any amendment to the terms and conditions (and therefore the Contract) shall be effective on the date upon which we communicate the changes to you.

When booking an Appointment, you agree to receive the Services through Remote Consultation or in clinic and we reserve the right to conduct our Appointments either by Remote Consultation or in clinic Consultation.

  1. Your privacy and personal information

Our Privacy Policy is available at

Your privacy and personal information are important to us. Any personal information which you provide to us will be dealt with in accordance with our Privacy Policy, which explains what personal information we collect from you, how and why we collect, store, use and share such information, your rights in relation to your personal information and how to contact us and supervisory authorities if you have a query or complaint about the use of your personal information.

Your personal information will be stored on our secure system via our System Provider.

  1. Booking Appointments for Consultations and receiving Services from us

Below, we set out how and when a legally binding Contract between you and us is made. To make an Appointment for an Initial Consultation you must first register with us via the ‘join our waiting list’ section of our Site.

When you register with us, you agree to provide us with true, accurate and complete information necessary for us to be able to provide the Services. This information may include the following:

  1. your full name, including any middle names;
  2. your date of birth;
  3. your full postal address including post code;
  4. your mobile telephone number;

Once you have registered you will be added to our waiting list. When an Appointment becomes available, we will email you with our booking desk details.

When you book your Appointment for your Initial Consultation we will communicate our acceptance of your booking with a Booking Confirmation. The Booking Confirmation will include a link to a Medical Questionnaire.

The Contract will commence on the Effective Date.

Until and unless we communicate our acceptance of your Appointment for your Initial Consultation with a Booking Confirmation your request for an Appointment has not been accepted and no Contract for the provision of Services has been entered into. We may also contact you to say that we are unable to proceed with your Appointment after we have provided our Booking Confirmation. This is typically for the following reasons:

We have not received all or part of the Questionnaire

We are unable to carry out the Services at the agreed time of the Appointment (this may be because, for example, we have a shortage of staff); or

We have not received payment for the Services or Medicines.

4. Carrying out of the Services

  • We will carry out the Services as set out in the relevant Booking Confirmation unless agreed otherwise.
  • You acknowledge that our ability to carry out the Services might be affected by events beyond our reasonable control. If this is the case then there might be a delay before we can begin or resume the Services, having made reasonable efforts to limit the effect of any of those events and having kept you informed of the circumstances, but we will try to start or restart the Services as soon as those events have been resolved.

5. Payment

We accept most credit cards and debit cards as payment for the Services. We do not accept cash or cheques.

In order to pay the Charges for the Services you will need to pay us at the time of booking your appointment. You must have appropriate authority to use the payment card which you use for payment.

You agree and authorise us to charge your debit or credit card with all Charges for the Services that you have purchased. Any failure of authorisation processes will result in the Services not being provided and any Appointments booked will be cancelled.

Payment processing services are provided by Stripe. The payment details which you provide to us are passed directly to Stripe and will be subject to its terms of service https://stripe.com/en-gb/checkout/legal and privacy policy https://stripe.com/en- gb/privacy. By inputting payment card details, you are consenting to the use of the payment card details by Stripe for the purpose of paying for your order. If you have any questions relating to these services, please contact Stripe.

We do not store any of your payment card details on our systems and we shall incur no liability for the failure or data breach by any third-party provider including (but not limited to) Stripe, System Provider, or providers of Associated Services to keep your information secure.

All prices are in pounds sterling (£)(GBP).

  1. Nature of the Services

We are providing medical consultation services and advice.

If you are unhappy with the Services, please contact us at info@themenopausegroup.com

Your rights to cancel an Appointment with us –

You may cancel your Appointment for a Consultation upon 24 hours written notice before the confirmed day of your appointment without incurring any fees. Any cancellation which gives less than 24 hours’ notice will incur a full charge for your Consultation.

If you wish to cancel an Appointment, please contact us at info@themenopausegroup.com

  1. Our rights to end the Contract with you

We reserve the right to terminate the provision of all or part of the Services immediately at any time without any liability, by providing you with written notice. Such notice may be provided by email.

We may end the Contract immediately and cancel your access to the Services:

  1. if we are subject to any laws or regulations which require us to end your use of the Services;
  2. if you direct difficult, harassing, or abusive behaviour towards our members of staff;
  3. if you fail to provide true, clear and accurate information regarding your personal details, medical history and/or symptoms, or identification including (but not limited to) your failure to provide any of the Questionnaires; or
  4. if you fail to pay the Charges for the Services
  5. if you fail to attend an Appointment and have not cancelled the Appointment in accordance with clause 6 “Your rights to cancel an Appointment with us”

 

8 . Your right to cancel your Contract with us

If you cancel this Contract in accordance with clause 6 above, we will reimburse all payments received from you unless you requested that we begin providing the Services during the cancellation period, in which case you must pay us:

  1. for the Services we provided up to the time you told us that you want to cancel this Contract, which will be an amount in proportion to the Services performed up to that point in comparison with the full price under this Contract; or
  2. the full price for the Services and Medicines under this Contract, if you lost your right to cancel this Contract because the Services were fully performed during the cancellation period.
  3. We will make the reimbursement without undue delay, and not later than 14 (fourteen) days after the day on which we are informed about your decision to cancel this Contract.
  4. We will make the reimbursement using the same means of payment as you used for the initial transaction, unless we have expressly agreed otherwise; in any event, you will not incur any fees as a result of the reimbursement.
  5. Notwithstanding the above, you may end the Contract with us at any time provided that there are no Charges outstanding upon notice in writing.

9. Pharmacy Services, Prescriptions and Associated Services

We may prescribe Medicines and/or recommend Associated Services, however we are not responsible for the supply and/or delivery of such prescribed Medicines, or Associated Services which shall in each case be the responsibility of the relevant third-party provider which shall have a direct contractual relationship with you.

In the event you enter the Contract with us remotely (by telephone or on-line), you have the right to cancel this Contract (the agreement between you and The Menopause Group CIC ) upon written notice to be received within 14 (fourteen) days of the Effective Date without giving any reason. However, you do not have the right to cancel if you have requested for us to start providing the Services during this 14-day cancellation period and the Services are fully performed (i.e. the work is completed) during this period.

To exercise the right to cancel, you must inform us of your decision to cancel this Contract by a letter sent by post or email using the contact details immediately above the Who We Are section of these terms and conditions.

  1. Effects of cancellation

All pharmacies are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/

Information about a specific pharmacy can be found at

https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/registers/pharmacy

In addition further information about a pharmacy can be obtained by contacting them directly on the number listed for that pharmacy.

  1. No Refunds

You agree to pay for the HCPs time for the Consultation regardless of the outcome and accordingly we will not provide refunds for Appointments attended.

  1. End of the Contract

Termination of the Contract for any reason is without prejudice to any right or remedy accrued by either party immediately prior to the date of termination.

  1. Limitation on our liability

Except for any legal responsibility that we cannot exclude in law (such as for death or personal injury) or arising under applicable laws relating to the protection of your personal information, we are not legally responsible for any losses that were not foreseeable to you and us when the Contract was formed. To the extent permitted by law, we shall not be liable for:

  1. Any loss, damage or distress arising from reliance on information or reliance on availability of the Associated Services or other Services provided by third parties; or
  2. Any indirect, consequential or economic loss, damage or distress (including any such loss, damage or distress arising from unauthorised use of or damage to your data or content), incurred by you as a result of the provision of the Associated Services or Services provided by third parties.
  3. HCPs are independent specialists and are registered with the relevant governing body e.g. the General Medical Council (GMC)& The Nurse Midwifery Council (NMC). Their registration details and status can be found at gmc-org.uk at www.gmc-org.uk, https://www.nmc.org.uk/
  4. Our HCPs operate either as independent contractors of The Menopause Group CIC , in either capacity they are under a duty to provide their services with the knowledge, skill and care in accordance with the GMC, NMC, guidelines and regulations as applicable. Doctors are also required to carry professional indemnity insurance of at least £1,000,000 per claim.
  5. The Advice and Services provided or offered to you by a HCP who is not an employee of The Menopause Group CIC are the sole responsibility of that HCP. Where appropriate.
  6. All prescription Medicines dispensed, and all other products and services supplied by a pharmacy, are dispensed and supplied under that pharmacy’s terms and conditions, a copy of which can be obtained directly by contacting the relevant pharmacy.
  7. Our total liability to you for any one event or series of related events shall not exceed the sum of 100% (one hundred percent) of the total amount paid by you for the Services giving rise to the liability in the 12 (twelve) months preceding the event from which the liability arose.

14. The third party HCP will provide us with reports and diagnoses in order that we can provide a bespoke Treatment Plan for you.

  • We are not able to guarantee the availability of any particular HCP.
  • Treatment Plans and Advice provided or offered to you by us are our responsibility.
  • We are a separate legal entity to any third party referred to in this Contract including the System Provider and any supplier of Associated Services.

Availability of Remote Consultation Services

  • We will do our utmost to ensure that the Remote Consultations will be uninterrupted. However, due to the nature of the Internet, this cannot be guaranteed.
  • In the unlikely event of a problem with the provision, or the unavailability, of the Remote Consultations and whilst we shall assume no liability in connection with the same:
  • We will use our reasonable efforts to procure that the System Provider restores the video conferencing service; and we will try to contact you by telephone to continue the Initial Consultation or subsequent consultation(s).

Third party rights – No one other than a party to this Contract has any right to enforce any term of this Contract.

15. Disputes

  • We will try to resolve any disputes with you quickly and efficiently. If you are unhappy with the services we have provided or any other matter, please contact us as soon as possible using the contact details set out at the top of this page.
  • Our Complaint Handling Policy and Procedure can be accessed here
  • If a dispute cannot be resolved in accordance with our Complaint Handling Policy or you are unhappy with the outcome, you may refer it to the relevant governing body being: for doctors: https://www.gmc-uk.org/, for nurses: https://www.nmc.org.uk/
  • The Contract including these terms and conditions are governed by English law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.