All employees of the practice have a legal duty to keep your medical information confidential, and anyone receiving that information from us is bound by the same legal duty. If you are receiving care from others, within or outside of the NHS, we may need to share information to enable us to all work together for your benefit. The sharing of information is strictly controlled by law, so unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as when the safety of others is at risk, we will not disclose your information to third parties without your permission. We will only give out information to your relatives, friends, or carers with your permission in writing.
Sometimes the law does require us to report certain information to appropriate authorities eg. Notification of a birth, or when necessary to protect the safety of the public, and in paricular with regard to child protection issues.
Under 16’s – Young people under 16 can choose to see health professionals without informing their parents or carers. These young people have the same right to confidentiality. If a GP considers that a young person is competent to make decisions about their health, the GP can give advice, prescribe and treat the young person without seeking further consent. However health professionals will encourage young people to discuss issues with a parent or carer. Sometimes the law requires us to report certain information to appropriate authorities to protect young people or members of the public.
Access to Health Records – Personal Access
The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to view or have a copy of any personal information held in your medical records, both manual and computerised, with the consent from the appropriate healthcare professional responsible for your care. If you wish to view your records please complete the below & contact the surgery to make an appointment. Your doctor or appropriate health professional most recently responsible for your care will be informed for consent to disclosure. A member of staff will accompany you while you view your record and you are not allowed to take any notes or copies. If you want a copy of any part of your medical records please complete the form below and pass into the surgery, and your doctor or relevant health professional will be consulted for consent to disclosure.
Charges are made for other medical reports and examinations, see Fees for non NHS work on this website indicating the charges that we will apply.
Application form for access to Health Records
Third Party Access – If you give written consent for a third party, such as a solicitor or insurance company to see any part of your medical records, they will need to apply in writing to the practice. Payment will be requested before any records are released. You need to be aware of what your solicitor is requesting and the dates, or full notes when signing your consent. You will be able to view any reports within 21 days if you request to do so.
Freedom of Information Act 2000
The surgery complies with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The surgery publication scheme is available on request from reception and details information on the surgery that is available publicly and how to obtain it. Some information may incur a charge and this is also made clear in the scheme.
Summary Care Record - you will have received a letter explaining about the summary care record and whether you give consent to be loaded onto the national spine. This will only be viewed by clinical professionals, and will only be registration details intially, and then any allergies or sensitivites you may have which may be very important to your care here and elsewhere. If you decline this we have to enter this into our computer system so that your SCR will not be uploaded. There will be strict guidelines about who can view this data for your protection.