Confidentiality of Personal Information
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 the effective functioning of a multi-disciplinary team it is sometimes necessary that medical information about you is shared between members of the team.
Access to Medical Records
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. Leaflets on this are available from reception, or please contact the Practice Manager for further details.
Your GP and the team of health professionals caring for you keep records about your health and any treatment or care you receive from the NHS. This information will either be written down (manual records), or be held on computer (electronic records). These records are then used to guide and manage the care you receive.
You may also be receiving care from organisations outside the NHS, like social services. If so we may need to share some information about you so that everyone involved in your care can work together for your benefit.
Whenever this is necessary, your information will be handled in the strictest of confidence and will be subject to the principles of confidentiality.