PROTECTION AND USE OF YOUR INFORMATION
We ask for information about you, so that you can receive the best possible care and treatment. We keep this information, together with details of your care, to ensure that your doctor or nurse has accurate and up to date information. It also may be needed if we see you again.
Your medical history is recorded on our practice computer system, which may only be accessed by authorised members of our team.
There are times when we have to pass on information about you to other people such as hospitals, Social Services, Employers, Solicitors or the Primary Care Trust. This is always done confidentially and with your consent or by removing your identity details, when they are not essential.
Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to maintain the highest level of confidentiality about patient information. If at any time you would like to know more about how we to use your information, you can speak to our Business Manager.
ANONYMISED DATA FOR RESEARCH STUDIES
The staff at this practice record information about you and your health so that you receive the right care and treatment. We need to record this information, together with details of the care you receive, because it may be needed if we see you again.
We may use some of this information for other reasons, for example, to help us to protect the health of the general public generally, to plan for the future, to train staff and to carry out medical and other health research for the benefit of everyone.
We are currently involved in research studies for which we provide Anonymised information from patients' notes. You cannot be identified in any way from the information as none of your personal details are given to researchers. Individual patients' records are added into a much larger anonymous database, containing records from millions of patients across the UK. This information is used by researchers outside this practice. The database to which we contribute anonymised records is called "The Health Improvement Network (THIN)". This database is managed by a company outside the NHS, which does not have access to your personal details, only anonymous medical records. The data is used for research into such topics as drug safety, disease patterns, prescribing patterns, health economics and public health. Many of these studies provide useful information to medical staff on diseases, the use of drugs or outcomes of disease or treatment.
These studies may be performed by academic researchers or commercial companies amongst others. However, no researcher has access to your full details, such as your name, address, initials or your full date of birth. The researchers are not given information on the GP nor the practice name, address or postcode.
If you would like to opt out of this data collection scheme, pleases let your doctor know and no data from your records will be collected or used in research. This will not affect your care in any way.
Note that you have a right of access to your health records. If at any time you would like to know more, of have any concerns about how we use your information, please ask to speak to our Business Manager, Mr David Potton.