General Data Protection Regulation

How we use your medical records

Important information for patients 

  • This practice handles medical records in-line with laws on data protection and confidentiality.
  • We share medical records with health professionals who are involved in providing you with care and treatment.   We share some of your data with local out of hours/urgent or emergency care service. This is on a need to know basis and event by event.  You have the right to object to your medical records being shared with those who provide you with care.
  • We share information when the law requires us to do so, for example, to prevent infectious diseases from spreading or to check the care being provided to you is safe.
  • Some of your data is automatically copied to the Shared Care Summary Record.  You have the right to be given a copy of your medical record.
  • Data about you is used to manage national screening campaigns such as Flu, Cervical cytology and Diabetes prevention.  Data about you, usually de-identified, is used to manage the NHS and make payments.  Your data is used to check the quality of care provided by the NHS.
  • In some circumstances we will also share medical records for medical research, for example to find out more about why people get ill.   You have the right to object to your information being used for medical research and to plan health services.
  • You have the right to have any mistakes corrected and to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. Please see the practice privacy notice on the website or speak to a member of staff for more information about your rights.

For more information ask at reception to see our Privacy Notices which are available for all patients to see and are hanging in the waiting room, or follow this link.