All information about patients is confidential, from the most sensitive diagnosis, to the fact that a patient has visited the surgery or is registered with the practice. The duty of confidentiality owed to a person under the age of 16 years is as great as the duty to any other person. For the effective functioning of a multi-disciplinary team it is often necessary that information about you is shared between members of the practice and local healthcare team.
Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential; anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential.
The only circumstances where your information may be shared without consent are:
• When it is a statutory requirement or is in response to a court order
• When the public interest in passing on the information outweighs the duty of confidentiality to the patient.
A copy of the Practice Confidentiality Policy is available in each surgery, and further information can be obtained from the primary care manager.
This Practice is part of the local shared record initiative. This means that it is possible for you to give permission for other health care professionals to view your GP health record when they are providing you with care. Please see the leaflet and consent form below for more information.
NHS Patient Information Sharing - My Choices (.pdf)
Sharing Records (.pdf)
Making Your Local Health Record Work Better For You (.pdf)