How we keep your records confidential
Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. We have a duty to:
- Maintain full and accurate records of the care we provide to you.
- Keep records about you confidential, secure and accurate.
- Provide information in a format that is accessible to you (ie large type for the partially sighted).
We will not share information that identifies you for any reason unless:
- You ask us to do so.
- We ask and you give us specific permission.
- We have to do this by law.
- We have special permission for health or research purposes.
- We have special permission because the interests of the public are thought to be of greater importance than your confidentiality.
We provide a confidential service to all our patients, including under 16s. This means that you can tell others about this visit, but we will not. 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. If you are being treated elsewhere, for example at a hospital or family planning clinic, it is best if you allow the doctor or nurse to inform the practice of any treatment you are receiving. If you have any worries about confidentiality, please feel free to ask a member of staff.
Who are our partner organisations?
We may share information with the following main partner organisations:
- Strategic Health Authorities
- NHS Trusts (Hospitals, CCGs)
- Special Health Authorities
- Ambulance Service