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Medical Records & Information Sharing

Summary Care Record & Care Data

Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare professionals to support your treatment and care.

As your registered GP, will we automatically share your 'Summary Care Record', which gives healthcare professionals who are treating you, access to your current medical problems, medication, allergies, recent tests/procedures/investigations and any health risks or warnings on your medical records.

From time to time the NHS gather medical information to improve quality of care and health services.  This is 'Care Data' and the information is collected anonymously.  Only postcodes and NHS numbers are used to assess regional trends, this way your identity is protected. This information is used by researchers when planning healthcare services to ensure the best quality and most appropriate care and services for patients.

If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you would like more information, please click on the links below and/or speak to reception.  If you wish to change your data sharing options, then please complete the DRHC form below and return it to the practice

We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.

doc How information about you helps us to provide better care

doc Care Data - Frequently Asked Questions

doc DRHC - Your Medical Records and Information Sharing

You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website or NHS Choices Information Sharing Website

Practice Policies

Confidentiality & Medical Records

Locked blue folderThe 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 anonymous 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.

Freedom of Information

Information about the General Practitioners 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.

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