Confidentiality and Medical Records
The practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation. 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 work department. This requires your consent.
- When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.
If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.
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.
Will my information be shared with anyone?
Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep your information confidential, any anybody receiving that information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential.
If you are receiving care from other people as well as the NHS, we may need to share relevant information to enable us to work together for your benefit. Certain sharing of information is strictly controlled by law and unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as other being at risk, your information will not be disclosed to non NHS third parties without your permission.
If you would like to give consent for us to share your information with a third party, then please contact the surgery.
Access to Records
In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Access to Health Records Act, patients may request to see their medical records. Such requests should be made through the practice manager and may be subject to an administration charge. No information will be released without the patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.
From November 2013 NHS England will be utilising patient data from GP practices for the new care.data service.
The aim of care.data is to improve healthcare by increasing the availability of timely and accurate data to allow services to be better designed for patients. Patient data will be combined with information from other care settings such as hospitals with the intention of improving healthcare overall and to aid research. If you wish to opt out of your data being passed on please complete the Care Data Opt Out Form and bring to the surgery.