The practice has a responsibility to protect your information. We need to collect and record information about you in order to provide the right kind of services to meet your needs. It may be necessary for other health and social care organisations to provide some of these services. We may need to share information about you with these organisations so that services can be provided and well co-ordinated.
If we share personal information about you, we have to follow a set of rules. These rules are based on the requirements of the 1998 Data Protection Act.
We must normally obtain your consent to collect and share information about you. There are a limited number of exceptions where we do not have to get permission, but we must have a strong lawful reason for doing this.
We must respect your rights under the Data Protection Act 1998 - this includes your right to see information that has been recorded about you. We must protect your information from being misused and protect your right to agreed standards in confidentiality.
If we receive a request to share information about you, an authorised member of staff will check the details of your consent on your patient record before any information is released.
You have the right to withhold consent for use of personal information about you with another organisation. If you do withhold permission this may affect the provision of services to you by that organisation or by us.
You may request in writing that your information is given out to other professionals eg insurance companies and solicitors.
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 reception.