Confidentiality & Data Protection
The Department of Health (DoH) would like us to use patient data, including patients postcodes and NHS numbers but not names, to link records in a secure system which can then be used by the DoH and other organisations such as researchers and those planning health systems. There are strict rules in place to protect your privacy.
Sharing your medical information
For a number of years, work has been ongoing to improve the way that medical records are made available to treating clinicians. Our main computer system is called SystmOne, which has the advantage of enabling information to be shared between certain health professionals.
Confidential patient data will be shared within the practice health care team and with other health care professionals to whom you are referred for care.
Confidential patient data may also be required for the broader purposes of public health and audit, research, the provision of health care services, teaching and training. Data disclosed will be kept to the minimum and, if possible, will be anonymised before disclosure.
Confidential and identifiable patient information will not be disclosed otherwise, without explicit consent, unless:
- It is a matter of life and death or serious harm to you or to another individual
- It is overwhelmingly in the public interest to do so
- There is a legal obligation to do so
In all of these circumstances the minimum identifiable information that is essential to serve the purpose may be revealed to someone with a legal entitlement to access the data for that purpose.
All individuals with access to your data have a professional and/or contractual duty of confidentiality.
If you are concerned about any of the ways in which your confidential data is used further information is available from the Practice Manager. You are entitled to register an objection, which will be respected if this is possible.
The practice is registered under the Data Protection Act to process personal data. Personal data is information about a living individual from which that person can be identified. That information can be in a variety of formats, for example, on computer or in a paper filing system. For more information, please ask for a copy of our Data Protection Policy.
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