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Confidentiality and Your Medical Recordsstethoscope

Confidentiality

This practice is fully computerised and registered under the Data Protection Act.  Patient confidentiality is a major priority and patients, relatives and carers are asked to remember this when making enquiries which may put staff in a difficult position.  We can only discuss a patient with a third party if we have his or her express consent – in writing.

It is sometimes necessary to share information with other health and social care professionals.   This information can be used to provide further care you may require or for the good of the community.  It is used to calculate the need for and provision of various local services, to carry out health audits and compile health and social care statistics.  Everyone with whom we share data is bound by the same rules of confidentiality as we are and data is always anonymised.  If you have any problems with this please speak to the Practice Manager.

Access to Medical Records

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.