All information about our patients is treated as strictly confidential. Electronic data kept on the computer by the practice complies with the Data Protection Act.
If you are referred elsewhere for treatment, the relevant data will be passed to the provider of that treatment. Other organisations, such as solicitors or life assurance companies acting on your behalf, may be granted access to your records, only with your written consent. Anonymised patient data (i.e. not identifiable) may be made available to other parts of the NHS or health organisations as appropriate for audit or statistical purposes.
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
Further information on this topic can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website www.ico.org.uk