Confidentiality & Medical Records
The practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:
- To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
- To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
- When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.
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. All staff are trained in information governance to ensure that your record is kept confidential by our Caldicott Guardian, Dr Faller.
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Access to Records
In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Access to Health Records Act, patients may request to see their medical records. Such requests should be made in writing through the practice manager and may be subject to an administration charge. No information will be released without the patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so. There is more information available on how to access your medical records from the NHS Choices website.
Freedom of Information
Information about the General Practioners and the practice required for disclosure under this act can be made available to the public. All requests for such information should be made in writing to the practice manager.
Consent for procedures
By registering with the practice you are consenting to being examined and treated by the clinical team at the practice. There are however times when we will seek your specific consent for a certain procedure. Here are some examples of when we might seek your consent:
- minor surgery - in this instance we will ask you to complete a written consent form to ensure that you understand what is going to be done and the risks associated with that procedure
- intimate examinations - in this instance the clinician will ask if you are comfortable for the examination to take place. If your prefer you can ask for a chaperone to be present during the examination.
- immunisations - in this instance we will ask you to verbally confirm that you want the vaccination, understand what is for and the risks that are associated with it
- video consultations - occasionally we might ask for your permission to video a consultation as an educational tool. In this instance we would ask you to complete a video consent form that confirmed the recording will be stored safely and destroyed after a certain period of time
There are times when the GP will need to refer you to a hospital team for an investigation or a specialist opinion. Your doctor will discuss this with you in your consultation and by allowing the doctor to make a referral you are consenting to being seen by a specialist.
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