In order to provide the best standards of healthcare, we need to hold information about our patients. This will include your name, address, date of birth and details about next-of-kin and family members as well as your medical history. This information is used solely for the purposes of your healthcare. The records are held both on paper and computer, and may also take other forms such as X-ray film. We have a legal responsibility to keep all the information held about you confidential. The obligations that the NHS has, together with individual rights, are set out in the Data Protection Act 1998.
Information may need to be shared with others involved with your care from time to time; for example, a hospital consultant or a district nurse. The sharing of data is specifically covered by the Act. It says the sharing of sensitive, patient-related information is permissible for medical purposes provided it is processed by: a health professional, eg a doctor, nurse, health visitor, or a person, who although not a health professional has a responsibility to preserve confidentiality.
If you have any questions or require further information on data protection please ask to speak with the practice manager.
Patients have a right to view all their paper and computer medical records. There is a charge to cover administration and if copies of any notes letters etc. are required this will also incur a fee. An application form to view notes is available from Reception.