Confidentiality

Discussions between you and your healthcare professional are private and confidential. Where your care needs to involve another healthcare professional, your information may be shared in support of referral or your care.

If a third party, such as an insurance company, applies to us for your medical records, we will only provide them if you have given permission in writing.

Test results will only be given to the patient concerned unless you have let us know, in writing, that you would like them given to someone else.

There are some occasions in which we are legally required to pass on confidential information without getting permission from you first. This happens in very rare circumstances and only when you or someone else needs to be protected from serious harm.

The Practice is registered with the Information Commissioners Office and complies fully with the Data Protection Act 1998. When we receive requests for access to your notes, we will deal with this request in accordance with the Act. For further details, please contact our reception team on 0300 300 0029 or for more information on the Data Protection Act 1998, please visit http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/29/contents

For further information regarding how your information is treated, please visit the NHS Care Records Website www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk.

National Data Opt-out Programme

The national data opt-out is a new service that allows people to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for research and planning.

The national data opt-out is introduced on 25 May 2018, providing a facility for individuals to opt-out from the use of their data for research or planning purposes. This is provided in line with the recommendations of the National Data Guardian in her Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. The service will initially be in beta, while we ensure the service design is optimal.

Individual preferences will be collected from 25 May and by 2020 all health and care organisations are required to have applied these preferences in all research and planning situations in which confidential patient information is used. NHS Digital will apply these preferences with immediate effect.

The national data opt-out will replace the previous ‘type 2’ opt-out, which required NHS Digital to refrain from sharing a patient’s confidential patient information for purposes beyond their direct care. Any person with an existing type 2 opt-out will have it automatically converted to a national data opt-out from 25 May 2018 and will shortly receive a letter giving them more information and a leaflet explaining the new national data opt-out. We will continue to collect and convert type 2 opt-outs during the beta phase.

You can find out more and set your opt-out choice by using the online service at nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.

Please click here for an information leaflet.