Who has access to patient information
We respect your right to privacy and keep all your health information confidential and secure. It is important that the NHS keeps accurate and up-to-date records about your health and treatment so that those treating you can provide the best possible care. We have a fully computerised medical record system which means information about your healthcare is held on a secure server.
You have the right to know what information we hold about you. Please ask the receptionist if you wish to see or obtain a copy of your record. If you are referred to a hospital specialist you are also welcome to request a copy of the referral letter.
NHS Connecting for Health is currently developing the National Care Records Service, which will create a Summary Care Record (SCR) for each individual patient (by 2010), to be held centrally. At this pilot stage the record is limited to current medication, known allergies and adverse reactions. Eventually the aim is to enable healthcare staff jointly involved in your care, such as your GP and your hospital consultant, to easily access and share information through this national record. You have the right to withdraw your consent to information being shared. In future you will be able to access your own record online at www.healthspace.nhs.uk.
All our non-clinical staff have signed a delaration of confidentiality. Any information we hold about you will be treated as confidential and will only be used to priovide for your care. This may include reviewing the information as part of a methodical monitoring of the quality ofg our services. Apart from these purposes, no information can be used that might identify you unless we have sought your permission.
Any information which we hold about you which is used for research purposes is anonymised.
The practice is registered with the Data Protection Agency
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