Your visit to this service is confidential unless you are being harmed of abused under the age of 16 years.
If you wish a representative to contact the surgery on your behalf, please inform the receptionist in writing giving the name and contact details and relationship to the patient.
We ask you for personal information so that you can receive appropriate care and treatment. The information is recorded on computer and we are registered under the Data Protection Act. The practice will ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained at all times by all members of the practice team.
The Data Protection Act 1998 requires that patients be informed, in general terms, how their information may be used, who will have access to it and the organisations it may be disclosed to. The Practice is committed to the delivery of a first class confidential service. This means ensuring that all patient information is protected and processed correctly. Patient information is held under legal and ethical obligations of confidentiality. Patient information is stored in GP records, and it is also stored electronically on our computer system.
Staff are under strict guidance’s of:
This outlines the conditions of how and when confidential patient information should be stored, used, and passed on to another person, department, or organisation.
Confidentiality: NHS Code of Practice
This document is used concerning confidentiality and patients’ consent to use their health records.
How information about you helps us to provide better care
Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.
This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.
This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything.
If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or ask at reception for a copy of the leaflet “How information about you helps us to provide better care”.
More information can be found here
Care data patient information leaflet (.pdf)
Care data patient frequently asked questions (.pdf)
Care data poster (.pdf)