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Data Protection

Data Protection 

How we use your medical records

Important information for patients

 

  • This practice handles medical records in-line with laws on data protection and confidentiality.
  • We share medical records with those who are involved in providing you with care and treatment.
  • In some circumstances we will also share medical records for medical research, for example to find out more about why people get ill.
  • We share information when the law requires us to do so, for example, to prevent infectious diseases from spreading or to check the care being provided to you is safe.
  • You have the right to be given a copy of your medical record.
  • You have the right to object to your medical records being shared with those who provide you with care.
  • You have the right to object to your information being used for medical research and to plan health services.
  • You have the right to have any mistakes corrected and to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. Please see the practice privacy notice on the website or speak to a member of staff for more information about your rights.

More detailed information for patients can be found in the following links to Patient Privacy Notices (PPNs). The PPNs cover four key themes:

Provision of direct care

Research and clinical audit

Legal requirements

Screening programmes

 

Summary Care Record

The SCR enables healthcare staff providing care for patients in an emergency and from anywhere in England to be made aware of any current medications or allergies the patient may suffer from. This information from every patient record is sent electronically up to the Spine in order for this to happen. If patients wish their information to be withheld from the SCR, they can “opt out”.  Please ask at reception for the SCR Opt Out Form or download one at:

systems.hscic.gov.uk/scr/library/optout.pdf

Care.data programme

In order to improve health services, NHS England has commissioned a modern data service from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) known as the “care.data programme” The aim of the service is to create a complete picture of care provided to patients by social care, GP practices and hospitals, and it will make use of patient information extracted from GP medical records.

 Once this information has been linked to the data taken from hospitals, a new record will be created. This new record will not contain information that identifies you. The type of information that is then shared, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and strict confidentiality rules.

 If you wish to “opt out” and prevent an extraction of information from your record being taken please ask for further information at reception.

 At present, the proposed national roll-out of the care data program has been postponed and, rather than an immediate national roll-out, the HSCIC will be working with a number of “Pathfinder GP practices” that will test, evaluate and refine all aspects of the data collection process before it is applied nationally.

CCTV

CCTV is installed internally in public areas and externally for security. Recordings are used entirely at the discretion of the NHS Property Services, including provision of images to the police or other official bodies. Image data is held securely within the One Life premises.



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