CONFIDENTIALITY AND DATA SHARING

Confidentiality

We ask you for personal information so you can receive appropriate care and treatment. This information is recorded on computer and we are registered under the Data Protection Act. The practice will ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained at all times by all members of the practice team. However, for the effective functioning of a multi-disciplinary team it is sometimes necessary that medical information about you is shared between members of the team. Access to confidential patient information is given only to those NHS healthcare professionals who need it in order to provide a service to the patient. All staff working in the surgery are subject to stringent confidentiality requirements and no information from your record will be released to third parties outside the NHS without your specific consent.

If you have any concerns regarding the confidentiality of your personal medical records, or you would like further information.  Please do not hesitate to discuss this with your doctor, or the Practice Manager. 

 

Data sharing

The IT system we use for your medical records is EMISweb. This is a hosted system, which means your data is held on the EMIS servers in Leeds and is accessed by us via N3, a secure broadband network which is only accessible to the NHS.  If signed EMIS data-sharing agreements are in place, other NHS organisations can also view this patient data over their N3 connection and/or the practice can view your data held on another organisation’s EMISWeb system.

 

NHS Summary Care Record

NHS Summary Care Record is an electronic record containing your medication and allergy details that is held on the the central NHS database (known as the Spine). Allowing authorised healthcare staff to have access to this information helps to improve decision making by doctors and other healthcare staff and has prevented mistakes being made when patients are being cared for in an emergency or when their GP practice is closed. Access to your Summary Care Record is strictly controlled.  The only people who can see the information is the healthcare team currently in charge of your care. You have the right to opt out of the service.  Please ask at Reception.  Further information is available at Your Health Records

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