DATA PROTECTION ACT:
You have the right to confidentiality under the Data Protection Act 1998, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the common law of duty of confidence (the Disabiltiy Discrimination and the Race Relations Acts may also apply). If you think anything is inaccurate or incorrect, please inform the organisation holding your information.
The Data Protection Act 1998 requires organisations to notify the Information Commissioner of the purpose for which they process personal information.
The details are publicly available from the Information Commissioner:
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wimslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF. Tele: 01625 545745
Computer held and paper records help us to look after your health needs, your doctor is responsible for their accuracy and safe-keeping. Please help to keep your record up to date by informing us of any changes to your circumstances.
Doctors and staff in the practice have access to your medical records to enable them to do their jobs. From time to time information may be shared with others involved in your care if it is necessary. Anyone with access to your record is properly trained in confidentiality issues and is governed by both a legal and contractual duty to keep your details private. All information about you is held securely and appropriate safeguards are in place to prevent accidental loss.
In some circumstances we may be required by law to release your details to statutory or other official bodies, for example if a court order is presented, or in the case of public health issues. In other circumstances you may be required to give written consent before information is released – such as for medical reports for insurance, solicitors etc.
To ensure your privacy, we will not disclose information over the telephone or fax unless we are sure that we are talking to you. Information will not be disclosed to family, friends, or spouses unless we have prior written consent and we do not leave messages with others.
Any other health care provider or person requesting information on your behalf from us also has a duty to keep it the information confidential:
General Data Protection Regulation
We aim to provide patients with the highest quality of health care. To do this we must keep records about you, your health and the care we have provided or plan to provide for you.