Protection And Use Of Your Information - Your Records Are Safe With Us
Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to maintain the highest level of confidentiality about patient information.
We ask for information about yourself so that you can receive the best possible care and treatment. We will not use or divulge to others any confidential information obtained during a consultation, for any purpose other than your clinical care.
The only exceptions are:
a) With the written consent of the patient, eg for the completion of an insurance form.
b) If the law requires it, eg notification of certain illnesses.
c) If there is an overriding duty to society.
Access To Patient Information
Confidential patient data may be required for the broader purpose of public health and audit, research, the provision of health care services, teaching and training. Data disclosed will be kept to the minimum required to serve the purpose and will be anonymised whenever possible prior to disclosure.
All individuals with access to your data have a professional and/or contractual duty of confidentiality.
You are entitled to register an objection, which will be respected if this is possible.