my Data and Confidentiality
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.
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.
Understanding your medical Record
NHS Choices provides some useful information on understanding your medical record.
Summary Care Record
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 for the attention of the Patient Experience Lead.
If you are happy for your information to be used in the ways described above you do not have to do anything.
If you have concerns, or do not want your information to be used you can manage you choice online: Manage my choice