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
- To help you get other services
- When we have a duty to others
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.
If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.
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. You can request to see your medical records by contacting the practice manager. You may also be subject to an administration charge.
No information will be released without the patient’s consent, unless we are legally obliged to do so.
Freedom of information
Information about the general practitioners and the practice required for disclosure under this act can be made available to the public. All requests for such information should be made to the practice manager.
How your data is used
Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.
Information about your individual care such as treatment and diagnoses is collected about you whenever you use health and care services. It is also used to help us and other organisations for research and planning, such as research into new treatments, deciding where to put GP clinics, and planning for the number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital.
It is only used in this way when there is a clear legal basis to use the information to help improve health and care for you, your family, and future generations. Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information.
You have a choice
You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your information is used. If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you can choose to opt out securely online or through a telephone service. You can change your mind about your choice at any time.
Will choosing this opt-out affect your care and treatment?
Choosing to opt out will not affect how information is used to support your care and treatment. You will still be invited for screening services, such as screenings for bowel cancer.
What do you need to do?
If you are happy for your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you do not need to do anything. To find out more about the benefits of data sharing, how data is protected, or to make your opt-out choice, please visit the NHS data overview page.