Freedom of Information
You are entitled by law to have access to your medical records. Please apply in writing to the practice manager. An access fee may be charged together with the cost of any photocopies.
Information Sharing Policy
Under the Data Protection Act 1998 the practice is responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about our patients. As part of patient care, information is shared between members of the healthcare team, some of whom you may not meet. Information collected may also be used on an anonymised basis to help maintain and improve quality of care and plan services for our patients. Anonymised data may also be passed on to the primary care trust to help improve the quality of care provided by the NHS generally. All information is treated as strictly confidential and is not given to anyone who does not need it. All staff members are bound to maintain patient confidentiality unless information is required by law to be released to relevant authorities, or released with patient consent. Please contact the practice manager if you have concerns.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION – PUBLICATION SCHEME
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 obliges the practice to produce a Publication Scheme. A Publication Scheme is a guide to the ‘classes’ of information the practice intends to routinely make available. This scheme is available from the practice manager.
This practice may supply personal health data to comply with its legal obligations from time to time, as directed by the Secretary of State for Health, or other recognised Statutory Authority.