Confidentiality & Medical Records
The practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:
- To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
- To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
- When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.
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.
The National Data Opt Out
You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning. The national data opt-out implements the opt-out model proposed by the National Data Guardian, as accepted by the Government and the Department of Health and Social Care.
Patients have a right under the NHS Constitution to request that their personal confidential data is not used beyond their direct care and the national data opt-out provides an easy and accessible way for patients to exercise this right.
You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your confidential patient information is used. You can change your choice at any time.
National data opt-outs are not recorded at the GP practice and instead you can change your national data opt-out using the online service:
or by calling NHS Digital:
NHS Digital Contact Centre
0300 303 5678
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays)
All health and care organisations in England are required to apply your national data opt-out by March 2020, including hospitals and GP practices.
Young adults from the age of 13 can set and change their own national data opt-out.
NHS Kernow as a data controllers must take note and apply national data opt-outs whenever confidential patient information is to be shared either internally or outside of the organisation. The national data opt-out does not apply to information that is anonymised or is aggregate or count type data. For further information and support relating to national data opt out please refer to the following:
Freedom of Information
Information about the General Practioners and the practice required for disclosure under this act can be made available to the public. All requests for such information should be made to the practice manager.
Access to Records
In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Access to Health Records Act, patients may request to see their medical records. Such requests should be made through the practice manager and may be subject to an administration charge. No information will be released without the patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.
We make every effort to give the best service possible to everyone who attends our practice.
However, we are aware that things can go wrong resulting in a patient feeling that they have a genuine cause for complaint. If this is so, we would wish for the matter to be settled as quickly, and as amicably, as possible.
To pursue a complaint please contact the practice manager who will deal with your concerns appropriately. Further written information is available regarding the complaints procedure from reception.
The NHS operate a zero tolerance policy with regard to violence and abuse and the practice has the right to remove violent patients from the list with immediate effect in order to safeguard practice staff, patients and other persons. Violence in this context includes actual or threatened physical violence or verbal abuse which leads to fear for a person’s safety. In this situation we will notify the patient in writing of their removal from the list and record in the patient’s medical records the fact of the removal and the circumstances leading to it.