We ask you for personal information so that you can receive appropriate care and treatment. This information is recorded on computer and we are registered under the Data Protection Act. The practice will ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained at all times by all members of the practice team. However for effective functioning of a multi-disciplinary team it is sometimes necessary that the information about you is shared between members of the time. More detail on this and your health record is available below. All patients have a right of access to their own health records. If you have any questions please let me know.
Your Health Record
The surgery records details of your consultations, medication and letters confidentially on an electronic system called EMIS Web. This data is only shared with other organisations with your consent, although some relevant information may be shared with other health professionals when we refer you for further treatment. Reception and administration staff may require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.
Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:
To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
- To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
- When we have a duty to others e.g. in a child protection case
There have been some recent developments to enable other healthcare professionals to be able to see your GP held record to improve the care that you may receive elsewhere. Some of your data was uploaded to the Summary Care Record – this allowed hospitals and other health providers to be able to see (with your consent) some limited but important information such as significant illnesses, repeat medication and allergies.
NHS England have also put a system in place to enable the NHS to use health information, sent from your record to a secure system, along with your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, where it can be linked with other health 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. If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please let us know or visit www.nhs.uk/caredata.
If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.