Access to Your Medical Records
Information contained in your medical records is confidential.
Access within the practice and any information given to other clinicians (when we refer a patient to a hospital for example) is strictly on a 'need to know' basis.
We will only disclose personalised information from your records to any other party with your written consent and you have a right to see what information we pass on.
You have a right of access to your medical records. We are allowed to charge a small administration fee for this and also for any photocopies you request.
The practice is registered under the Data Protection Act and all our staff fully understand the importance of confidentiality and trust.
Freedom of Information - Publication Scheme
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 obliges the practice to produce a Publication Scheme. A Publication Scheme is a guide to the 'classes' of information the practice intends to routinely make available.
This scheme is available from reception.
Notice of use of Patient Care Data
Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.
This 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 heqalth information.
This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
YOU HAVE CHOICE. If you are happy for your infomation 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 practice staff or ask at reception for a copy of the leaflet "How information about you helps us provide better care".
More information can be found here: www.nhs.uk/caredata
Risk profiling: how your NHS records are used
This practice is taking part in a new NHS service that helps your family doctor (GP) to spot whetheryou need more help to manage your health. The service is called “risk profiling”.
Using information from your health records, a secure NHS computer system will look at any recent treatments you have had in hospital or at this surgery, and any existing health conditions that you have, and alert your doctor to the likelihood of a possible future hospital admission. The clinical Risk Stratification in General Practice team at the surgery will use the information to help you get early care and treatment where it is needed.
The information will be seen only by qualified health workers involved in your care. NHS security systems will protect your health information and patient confidentiality at all times.
If you don’t want your information being used in this way, or have any other concerns, please contact the surgery on 01977 704777 and explain your preference to any of the reception team.