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Confidentiality

confidentialAll the information about patients which the practice holds is confidential. People within the practice have access to this information only if they need to in order to give you health care.

A new central NHS computer system has recently been launched, called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record is meant to inform emergency doctors and nurses to help you when you contact them when the surgery is closed. Initially, it will contain just your medications and allergies. Later on as the central NHS computer system develops, other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access your practice records, along with information from hospitals, out of hours services, and specialists letters that may be added as well.

As with all new systems there are pros and cons to think about. When you speak to an emergency doctor you might overlook something that is important and if they have access to your medical record it might avoid mistakes or problems, although even then, you should be asked to give your consent each time a member of NHS Staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.

On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and wish to keep your information at the level of this practice. Connecting for Health (CfH), the government agency responsible for the Summary Care Record have agreed with doctors’ leaders that new patients registering with this practice should be able to decide whether or not their information is uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System.

For existing patients it is different in that it is assumed that you want your record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out. For further information visit the Connecting for Health Website.

If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. A form for this purpose may be obtained from reception or downloaded from the practice website here.

Data Protection Act and access to your records

We hold medical information about you on computer under the terms laid down by the Data Protection Act 1998, under which we are registered. Under the terms of this Act, you are entitled to have access to these records. If you wish to do so, please complete the form below:

Freedom of Information

The ICO has published a new Model Publication Scheme that all public authorities are required to adopt. Please click here for further information.

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