Your Personal Information

In line with Department of Health Guidelines, the Caldicott Report and the Data Protection Act we wish to advise you of how we handle information we hold about our patients.  We ask 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 this information for other reasons: for example to help us protect the health of the public generally and to see that the NHS runs efficiently; to plan for the future, to train staff and account for actions taken. Sometimes the law requires us to pass on information – for example to notify birth.
The NHS central register for England and Wales contains basic personal information of all patients who are registered with a General Practitioner. The register does not contain clinical information.
Our Practice Confidentiality Policy is strictly adhered to as laid down in the Data Protection Act 1998.  Patients have a right to access their medical records on application in writing to the practice manager (or by completing an access form available from the receptionists) according to procedures set down in the Act. 
Patients will be asked for written consent before their personal information is used in ways that do not directly contribute to, or support the delivery of their medical care.  Patient’s decisions to restrict the disclosure of their personal information will be respected.
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 in your and everyone’s interest.  
Whenever we can we shall remove details that identify you.  The sharing of some types of very sensitive personal information is strictly controlled by law.  Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential.
Please note any digital image submitted as part of an online consultation will be stored within your clinical notes.
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