The practice keep information about yourself so that you can receive proper care and treatment and it may be needed when you are seen again. Your details are kept on the practice computer system which is used by doctors, nurses and staff.
Everyone working for the HPSS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. You have a right of access to your health records.
We may use some of the information we record for other reasons: for example, to help us protect public health generally and to see that the Health and Social Services (HPSS) run efficiently, plan for the future, train their staff, pay their bills and can account for their actions. Information may also be needed to help carry out medical or other health and social services research for the benefit of everyone. You may be receiving care from other people as well as the HPSS. So that we can all work together for your benefit we may need to share some information about you. We only every use or pass on information about you if people have a genuine need for it in your and everyone's interests. Whenever we can we shall remove details which identify you. The sharing of some types of very sensitive personal information is strictly controlled by law. Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential. You have a right to object to the use of your information for any of these purposes.
The practice is registered with the Data Protection Commissioner, and holds your records in an approved manner. We undertake to protect your confidentiality, and follow the GMC guidelines on protection of personal information. To assist us, please ensure that we are notified of any change of name, address or telephone number.
If you have any queries on this issue, please contact the practice manager.