We respect your right to privacy and keep all your health information confidential and secure. It is important that the NHS keeps accurate and up-to-date records about your health and treatment so that those treating you can provide the best possible care. We have a fully computerised medical record system which means information about your healthcare is held on a secure server. You have the right to know what information we hold about you. Please ask the receptionist if you wish to see or obtain a copy of your record. If you are referred to a hospital specialist you are also welcome to request a copy of the referral letter.
NHS Connecting for Health is currently developing the National Care Records Service, which will create a Summary Care Record (SCR) for each individual patient (by 2010), to be held centrally. At this pilot stage the record is limited to current medication, known allergies and adverse reactions. Eventually the aim is to enable healthcare staff jointly involved in your care, such as your GP and your hospital consultant, to easily access and share information through this national record. You have the right to withdraw your consent to information being shared.
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We ask you for information about yourself so that you can receive the best possible care and treatment. We keep this information, together with details of your care, to ensure that your Doctor or Nurse has accurate and up to date information, it also may be needed if we see you again. We only pass information on about you to people who have a genuine need for it. Whenever we can we shall remove details that identify you as an individual. Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to maintain the highest level of confidentiality about patient information. If at any time you would like to know more about how we use your information you can speak to Anne Baird (Practice Manager).
For further information please refer to the leaflets held in Reception entitled ‘Your records are safe with us’.