Confidentiality

Personal and medical information about patients registered at this Practice are stored electronically and in paper form. Some of the information will be sent to hospital consultants and other health professionals to whom you are referred by your GP, in order to provide continued health care and obtain treatment for you. To ensure the security of the information obtained all of the staff who have access to your details and medical records are covered by confidentially clauses in their employment contracts, as well as the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act.

The practice complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Access to Medical Records Legislation. The practice privacy notice provides more detail. For more information on the core principles agreement for information sharing, please click here.

You have a right to access your medical records in accordance with the Access to Records Act 1990 although any request for a report or copies of notes may incur a charge. Further information is available from a member of our team.

A ‘how information about you helps us to provide better care’ leaflet and a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available to download at www.nhs.uk/caredata.

We are committed to protecting your privacy and will only use information collected lawfully in accordance with:

  • General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Common Law Duty of Confidentiality
  • Health and Social Care Act 2012
  • NHS Codes of Confidentiality, Information Security and Records Management

Every member of staff who works for an NHS organisation has a legal obligation to keep information about you confidential. We will only ever use, or pass on, information about you if others involved in your care have a genuine need for it. We will not disclose your information to any third party without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances (i.e. life or death situations), where the law requires information to be passed on and/or in accordance with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Other useful websites include:

Confidentiality: NHS Code of Practice

Confidentiality Guidance by the General Medical Council