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Patient Confidentiality

Updated on 7th February 2013 at 5:07 pm


Why we collect information about you

We keep records about your care and treatment. These help ensure that you receive the best possible care from us. Records may be written (manual) or held on computer (electronic).

These records are used to guide and administer the care you receive.

Access to Records

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 patients can request access to their medical records. Please discuss this with the Practice Manager.

Details of patient records will only be disclosed to authorised third parties if a signed consent form accompanies the request.

National Health Service Act 2006- Access to Records

The Practice supports the provision of information in line with the National Health Service Act 2006. The National Health Service Act 2006 provides the power to ensure that patient identifiable information needed to support essential NHS activity can be used without the consent of patients though stringent measures are in place to ensure that individual patients cannot be identified. The power can only be used to support medical purposes that are in the interests of patients or the wider public.

E.g. information can be provided by the practice to:

1. Support control of communicable diseases.

2. Support the National Programme for IT, consent is assumed, e.g. to refer electronically/electronic transfer of prescriptions etc and provide demographics to support this, unless the patient opts out of the programme.

3. Provide information to NHS researchers or database holders, usually anonymised.

4. To review and monitor the overall quality of care we provide to make sure it is of the highest standard and to ensure that services can meet everyone’s needs in the future.

Further Information

If you would like to know more about how we use your information you can speak to the Practice Manager.