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 give you the best possible care.
This information may be used for management and audit purposes. However, it is usually only available to, and used by, those involved in your care. You have the right to know what information we hold about you. If you would like to see your records please contact the Practice Secretary or the Practice Manager.
Freedom of information
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.
Summary care record
Medical records are held on the practice computers. These are linked in turn to the NHS central computers known as ‘The Spine’. These central computers collect basic information about patients’ medical conditions from the records held in the GP surgeries. The purpose of this is so that if you are out of your usual area, such as on holiday, a GP or hospital may (with your permission) access your basic medical records. They cannot be accessed without your permission.
This is an ‘opt out’ system – so everyone’s records will be included automatically. If you do not wish your records to be placed on the ‘Spine’ please ask for a form to fill in which can be obtained from the reception desk.