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Confidentiality:

ConfidentialityThe 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.

How you can get access to your own health records:

The Data Protection Act 1998, which came into force on 1st March 2000, allows you to find out what information about you is held on computer and in certain manual records.  This is known as "right of subject access".  It applies to your health records.

If you want to see them you should make a written request to the NHS organisations where you are being, or have been, treated.  You are entitled to receive a copy but should note that a charge will usually be made.  You should also be aware that, in certain circumstances, your right to see some details in your health records may be limited in your own interest or for other reasons.

Online patient records access:

Our practice offers the facility to view areas of their records online.  The areas patients are able to access includes a summary of information relating to medications, allergies and adverse reactions (this is called a Summary Care Record) and access is already enabled to those patients signed up to our Online Services.  In addition to this patients can request access to their Detailed Coded Record via our Online Services. If you would like access to this part of your health record please see our Reception Staff.  NB: you will need to show photographic identification to access this service.  

Freedom of Information Act:

The Information Commissioners Office has published a new Model Publication Scheme that all public authorities are required to adopt. Click here for further information.

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