We ask for appropriate information about you so that we may offer to you the best possible care and advice. We keep this information, with details of your care, because we may require it again at a future consultation.
We use some of the information for other reasons, for example; to protect and promote the health of the population, to ensure that the NHS is run efficiently, planning future healthcare for research approved by the Local Ethics Committee or to train staff.
The NHS Central Register for England and Wales contains basic personal details of all patients registered with a General Practitioner. You have the right of access to your health records. Please contact the surgery when you will be given the necessary Data Protection request forms to complete. There are charges attached to this request but you will be given these at the time. You can register to access your Summary Care Record online, please enquire at reception. You will be asked to provide proof of identification for this request.
Everyone working for the NHS has a legal obligation to ensure all information about you is kept in a secure, confidential manner.
There may be other people outside of the practice who are involved in your care. The practice may need to share certain information about you in the interest of this care. Only appropriate, relevant information will be shared.
Whenever possible, we will remove all identifiable information about you. The law strictly controls the sharing of certain types of very sensitive information.
Any one who receives any information from us about you is under legal obligation to ensure its confidentiality.
Only if you explicitly agree your relatives, friends or carers have information about you shared with them.
We will ask for written consent from the patient. If you do not wish your personal information to leave the practice (even anonymised) please let us know and this will be entered onto your medical record.
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How Information About You Helps Us Provide Better Care
Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.
The information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.
This allows those planning NHS services and those carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to the practice staff. A leaflet is available below or at the practice.
Care Data Leaflet