Confidentiality and Care Data

Discussions between you and your doctor or nurse are confidential. Where your care involves other members of our healthcare team or referral is required your information may be shared in support of that care. Do let us know if this is something you do not wish to take place.

Please be assured we make every endeavour to ensure that matters you discuss are kept confidential. For more information please visit the Information Governance Website.

If a third party, for example an insurance company, wants to access your medical records, it can only be done after you have given permission in writing and it is your right to see any such information before it is sent on.

We will only disclose test results to you, unless you have given permission for someone else to get the result on your behalf.

There are some occasions where we are legally bound to pass on confidential information without getting permission first. This happens in the very rare circumstance of protecting you or someone else from serious harm.

The practice is registered and complies with the Data Protection Act 1998. Any request for access to notes by a patient, patient’s representative or outside body will be dealt with in accordance with the Act. Please contact the Centre Manager for further information.

For further information please visit the NHS Care Records Website.

Summary Care Record:

How sharing your summary care record can help with your treatment in an emergency:

We are now uploading electronic summary care records for all of our patients who have not opted out of this scheme. This is an initiative introduced by NHS England to produce an electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR), which will be used to support your emergency care.  A Summary Care Record will contain information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.

Having this information stored in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when the Practice is closed or when you are away from home in another part of England.

For more information on summary care records please click here. If you wish to opt-out of this scheme please complete the opt-out form and return to the surgery.

Care Data:

How sharing information in your medical records can help the NHS to provide better care…..

Sharing some of your personal information, such as your date of birth, postcode, gender or NHS Number (but not your name), could help the NHS to provide better services. The new system is being delivered by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and NHS England on behalf of the NHS.

It is important that the NHS can use this information to get a complete picture of what is happening across health and social care and to plan services according to what works best. The new system will provide joined-up information about the care received from all of the different parts of the health service, including hospitals and GP practices. For more information visit the NHS Choices Website, read the FAQ’s and patient care.data leaflet.

You have a choice:

If you are happy for your information to be used you do not have to do anything.

If you have concerns, or do not want your information to be used, please speak to our receptionist or read the FAQ’s and patient care.data leaflet for further clarification.