Patient confidentiality

We respect your right to privacy and keep all your health information confidential and secure. It is important that the NHS keeps accurate and up-to-date records about your health and treatment so that those treating you can give you the best possible care.

This information may be used for management and audit purposes. However, it is usually only available to, and used by, those involved in your care. You have the right to know what information we hold about you. If you would like to see your records please contact the Practice Manager.

We respect your right to privacy and keep all your health information confidential and secure. It is important that the NHS keeps accurate and up-to-date records about your health and treatment so that those treating you can give you the best possible care.

This information may be used for management and audit purposes. However, it is usually only available to, and used by, those involved in your care.

Information Sharing

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 eg from district nurses and hospital services
  • To help you get other services eg from the social work department.  (This requires your consent).
  • When we have a duty to others eg in child protection cases.
  • Anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Primary Care Trust and Government plan services eg for diabetic care,  If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.

Care.data : Sharing Data

Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)

Sharing patient information can help researchers and those planning health services to ensure that the best care possible is provided for everyone.  NHS England is planning to link patient records (not including the patient name, nor the following sensitive codes : HIV & AIDS, termination of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, IVF treatment, marital status, complaints, abuse (physical, psychological or sexual) and convictions and imprisonment) in a secure system held by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) for this purpose.  It is expected that this will be done in the Autumn of 2014, the original deadline having been extended from November 2013.

It is a legal requirement, under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, for general practices to disclose data to the HSCIC for the purpose of care.data unless an individual patient has objected.  If you do not want your patient information shared in this way, please could you notify the practice in writing so that your record can be coded accordingly.  For more information visit www.nhs.uk/caredata, telephone the dedicated patient information line 0300 456 3531, or pick up a leaflet at the practice.