Confidentiality

The practice will ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained at all times by all members of the practice team. However, from time to time it is necessary to share information with other Healthcare Professionals such as District Nurses, Midwives, Counsellors etc.

We will usually only release medical information about you provided we have your written consent. However, when we agree to refer you to a specialist we will not ask you to sign a consent form before we send the referral.

When we do not have your written consent the staff in the practice will observe the following rules in order to protect the confidentiality of your medical records:

  • We will not release any information which could be linked to you unless it is absolutely necessary.
  • Information that could be linked to you will be restricted to people who need the information in order to help you.

An electronic version of your medical records containing repeat medication and allergies is called your Summary Care Record. In recent years there has been a government initiative to upload all Summary Care records to a central point so that medical professionals can access it in times of emergency. Patients have been automatically opted in.

Find our more information and details of how to opt out:

www.hscic.gov.uk

w.nhs.uk