The practice complies with Data Protection and Access to Medical Records legislation.
We collect information about you to help us provide you with the best possible care. Your records include those held on computer and paper notes.
- Basic details about you such as address and next of kin
- Contact we have had with you, such as surgery consultations
- Notes and reports about the treatment and care you receive
- Results of tests such as x-rays and laboratory tests
- Relevant information from other health professionals
Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:
- To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
- To help you get other services e.g. from the Social Services department. This requires your consent.
- To monitor the quality of your care.
- To investigate your concerns if you need to complain.
Anonymised statistical data may be used at local and national level for example, to help the Primary Care Trust plan services or be passed to universities or research institutions to conduct health research or to aid investigation of complaints, legal claims and untoward incidents. If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.
How we keep you records confidential
Everyone in the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.
We will NOT disclose your information to third parties without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as when the health and safety of others is at risk or where the law requires information to be passed on.
Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential.
Occasions when we must pass on information include notification of new births, notification of infectious diseases eg meningitis or measles (but not HIV) and where a formal court order has been issued.