We ask you for information so that you can receive proper care and treatment. We keep this information together with details of your care because it may be needed if we see you again. We may use some of this information for other reasons – for example to help us protect the health of the public generally and to see that the NHS runs efficiently.
Information may also be needed to help educate tomorrow’s clinical staff and to carry out medical and other health research for the benefit of everyone. Sometimes the law requires us to pass on information; for example to notify a birth.
The NHS Central Register for England and Wales contains basic personal details of all patients registered with a general practitioner. The register does not contain clinical information. You have a right to access your health records. You may be receiving care from other people as well as the NHS. So we can all work together for your benefit we may need to share information about you.
We only ever pass on information about you if people have a genuine need for it and it is in your best interests. Whenever we can we remove details which identify you. The sharing of some sensitive personal information is strictly controlled by law. Patients have the right to authorise or refuse the right of disclosure of information to third parties.
Anyone who receives information from us is under a legal duty to keep it confidential. If you would like to access information held about yourself please write to the Practice Manager.
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