Confidentiality & Medical Records
The practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:
- To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
- To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
- When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.
If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.
Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.
Please read the attached Privacy Notice, which has been updated on 24th May 2018 in accordance with the new General Data Protection Regulations ("GDPR").
Freedom of Information
Information about the General Practioners and the practice required for disclosure under this act can be made available to the public. All requests for such information should be made to the practice manager.
Access to Records
In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Access to Health Records Act, patients may request to see their medical records. Such requests should be made through the practice manager and may be subject to an administration charge. No information will be released without the patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.
Consent to discuss/accept instructions from a 3rd party
It is often frustrating to be told that we cannot discuss matters realting to your spouse, partner, son, daughter etc for patient confidentiality reasons.
To try to overcome this we have developed a form which a patient can sign and give to us authorising someone to discuss certain aspects of your records/give us instructions on your behalf. The form can be downloaded here or you can collect one from reception when you are next in the surgery.
We will make a note on your records that we hold the consent and act in accordance with your instructions.
Your consent can be withdrawn at any time by contacting the surgery.
The NHS operate a zero tolerance policy with regard to violence and abuse and the practice has the right to remove violent patients from the list with immediate effect in order to safeguard practice staff, patients and other persons. Violence in this context includes actual or threatened physical violence or verbal abuse which leads to fear for a person’s safety. In this situation we will notify the patient in writing of their removal from the list and record in the patient’s medical records the fact of the removal and the circumstances leading to it.