It is a legal requirement that confidentiality of patient records is maintained at the highest level by all staff at the practice.
Information About Patients
We ask you for information so that you can receive proper care and treatment. We keep this information, together with details of your care, because it may be needed if we see you again. We may use some of this information for other reasons: to help us protect the health of the public generally and to see that the NHS runs efficiently, plans for the future and can account for its actions. Information may also be needed to help educate tomorrow's clinical staff and to carry out medical and other health research for the benefit of everyone. Sometimes the law requires us to pass on information: for example, to notify a birth or a death. You may be receiving care from other people as well as the NHS. So that we can all work together for your benefit we may need to share some information about you. We only ever use or pass on information about you if people have a genuine need for it and in your and everyone's interests. Whenever we can we shall remove details which identify you. Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential. We are unable to discuss any information with relatives, friends, or carers, without consent.
Access To Health Records
A patient may have access to their medical records in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. For further details please ask to see Mrs Jefferson, the practice manager.
Freedom Of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act gives right of access to information held by public authorities. All public authorities are required to make information available through their publication scheme. Publication schemes for all medical practices can be accessed via www.foi.nhs.uk
Further information about the FOI Act and how to request information is available via the Information Commissioner's website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk
If you wish to obtain information about yourself then the Data Protection Act applies and you should make an application by contacting Mrs Jefferson, the Practice Manager, as mentioned in the previous paragraph.