Confidentiality & Records
Data Protection Act
Under the Data Protection Act (1998) the Practice is responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about you. As part of your care when you come into the Practice, information is shared between members of the healthcare team, some of whom you may not meet.
Information we collect may also be used, on an anonymised basis, after you have been treated, to help us maintain and improve the quality of your care or to plan services.
Anonymised information may also be passed on to other healthcare organisations to help improve the quality of care provided by the NHS generally.
All staff members are bound to maintain patient confidentiality, and in all but exceptional circumstances information about you will not be released without your consent. All information is treated as strictly confidential and is not given to anyone who does not need it. If you have any concerns, please contact the Practice Manager.
Confidentiality also extends to family members, therefore medical information relating to you will not be divulged to a family member without your written consent.
If you require access to your own medical records, please ask the receptionist who will advise.