Confidentiality and Medical Records
You can be sure that anything you discuss with any member of this practice team will remain confidential within the healthcare setting. Even if you are under 16 years of age nothing will be said to anyone, including parents, other family members, care workers, or tutors without your permission.
The only reason why we might have to consider passing on confidential information without your permission, would be to protect you or someone else from serious harm.
We would always try to discuss this with you first.
With this in mind, any information related to a patient can only be given to that individual, (exceptions to this would be regarding passing information to parents/guardians of young children). Your personal information is recorded on computer and we are registered under the Data Protection Act.
For the effective functioning of a multi disciplinary team, it is sometimes necessary that medical information about you, is shared between members of the practice team.
Prescriptions and some of the consultation records are run purely on computer. This enables us to analyse various aspects of health care and to produce an annual practice report.
Freedom of Information
Information about the general practitioners 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 to the practice 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.