Your doctors, their staff and everyone else working for the NHS have a legal duty to maintain the highest level of confidentiality about patient information. This Practice operates in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
We are always careful to preserve patient confidentiality and keep all medical information as secure as possible. As a patient, you have certain rights with respect to the security of your medical records and any computerised data about you, which is held by us.
As part of the provision of health care, we store and process patients’ medical records for all types of routine and emergency care. The processing of medical records may include administration, claiming and verification of NHS or other fees payable to the surgery, financial recording, audit, training and research.
GP surgeries are obliged to exchange information about patients with other Health Departments and Government Agencies including certain statutory disclosures relating to infectious diseases. These may or may not be anonymous but for certain specific Health Service functions identifiable information is exchanged.
The Data Protection Act gives patients certain rights to know what data is being exchanged and also to be excluded from some data exchanges (except statutory), including the anonymous ones. We are unable to give out information about you to anyone else without your written consent.
The Practice also complies with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you require further information about this Act, please ask to speak to the Practice Manager or look at www.dca.gov.uk/foi
If you wish to see your medical records you should make a written request to your GP. An appointment will then be made for you to view your records with the doctor. Please bring evidence of identity with you, eg passport or photocard driving licence.
Should the doctor decide that viewing your records might put your health at risk, you may only be shown part of your records. You are also entitled to receive a copy of the information you have seen. A fee will be applied.