The practice complies with Data Protection and Access to Medical Records legislation.
All information about patients held by this practice is strictly confidential: from the most sensitive diagnosis, to the fact of having visited the surgery or being registered at the practice.
The duty of confidentiality owed to a person under 16 is as great as the duty owed to another person.
Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:
- To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
- To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
- When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases.
- If disclosure is necessary in the interests of a patient, his or her family, or the public, we will inform the patient beforehand, unless to do so would be dangerous for the patient or others.
Anonymised patient information will be used at local and national level to help the Clinical Commissioning Group and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.
If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.
Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.
Freedom of Information
The ICO has published a new Model Publication Scheme that all public authorities are required to adopt by 1st January 2009.
Model Publication Scheme - further information