Information sharing with other services
We may need to share your medical information with other organisations involved in the delivery of your care e.g. Podiatry or District Nursing. We will not share identifiable information with anyone that isn’t involved in your care unless legally required to.
You would have been asked to opt in or out when you registered at one of our GP surgeries as follows: “Are you happy for us to Share Out your full medical records electronically with other services involved in your care and/or to view (Share In) medical records held by other services?”
If you wish to reconsider or do not consider that you have opted in or out, you may contact our practice reception to discuss further and appropriate action will be taken.
Practice Fair Processing Notice
We need to hold personal information about you both electronically and using paper records to help us to look after your health needs, and your doctor is responsible for their accuracy and safe-keeping. Please help to keep your record up to date by informing us of any changes to your circumstances.
Doctors and staff in the practice have access to your medical records to enable them to do their jobs. From time to time information may be shared with others involved in your care if it is necessary. Anyone with access to your record is properly trained in confidentiality issues and is governed by both a legal and contractual duty to keep your details private.
All information about you is held securely and appropriate safeguards are in place to prevent accidental loss.
In some circumstances we may be required by law to release your details to statutory or other official bodies, for example if a court order is presented, or in the case of public health issues. In other circumstances you may be required to give written consent before information is released – such as for medical reports for insurance, solicitors etc.
To ensure your privacy, we will not disclose information over the telephone, email or fax unless we are sure that we are talking to you. Information will not be disclosed to family, friends, or spouses unless we have prior written consent, and we do not leave messages with others.
You have a right to see your records if you wish. Please ask at reception if you would like further details. An appointment will be required. In some circumstances a fee may be payable.
Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
It is important that the NHS can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, so we can see what has worked best.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the best care possible for everyone.
How your information is used and shared is controlled by law and strict rules are in place to protect your privacy.
We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.
For Further Details please see the documents below:
Summary Care Records. Have you made your choice?
A Summary Care Record is an electronic record containing key health information, which can be made available to NHS healthcare staff caring for you in an emergency or when your GP practice is closed. If you haven’t already made your choice, please make it now.
Yes I would like a Summary Care Record
You do not need to do anything and a Summary Care Record will be made for you.
No I do not want a Summary Care Record
There are two ways to opt out from the Summary Care Record.
- Collect an opt out form from reception and hand it back in to a receptionist/li>
- Download this form and hand it into our receptionists
Your existing health record at your GP practice will continue to be used as it is now.
If you are still unsure
Please ask us for a leaflet at reception if you are still unsure about the Summary Care Record which provides more information to help you decide. You can also phone the Summary Care Record information line on 0300 123 3020 or visit the website at systems.hscic.gov.uk/scr