The practice complies with Data Protection and Access to Medical Records legislation as well as the Caldicott guidelines which are specific NHS guidance on confidentiality. Dr James Rockett is the Practice Caldicott Guardian. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:
- Third parties (e.g Medical Insurance) patient consent is always obtained first.
- Within the NHS for secondary care patient information is delivered in a secure manner with consent from GP.
- Information given to the Health Authority is always in an anonymous format.
If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.
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.
Very occassionally the practice takes part in research projects. Patients are recruited to particpate in these projects. No patient data from the practice is submitted to aid research projects without the full consent of the individual patients.
If you feel uncomfortable discussing an issue whilst you are at the front desk then please make the receptionist aware and we would be more than happy to talk to you in a seperate room.
Freedom of Information
The ICO has published a new Model Publication Scheme that all public authorities are required to adopt by 1st January 2009.
Model Publication Scheme - further information