Information about you and your individual care (such as treatment and diagnoses) is collected whenever you use health and care services. This helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments.
Your data helps us and other organisations to research and plan for things including new treatments, GP clinic locations, and staffing numbers in your local hospital. It is only used in this way when there is a clear legal basis to use the information to help improve health and care for you, your family and future generations.
The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used. Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information.
You have a choice
If you are happy for your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you do not need to do anything. If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you can choose to opt out securely online, by telephone (0300 303 5678) or by post. Choosing to opt-out will not affect your care or treatment. You can change your mind about your choice at any time.
To find out more about the benefits of data sharing, how data is protected, or to make/change your opt-out choice visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
Download a copy of the patient leaflet
Access to your records
In accordance with the DPA 2018 and Access to Health Records Act, you may request to see your medical records. Such requests should be made through the Practice Manager. We may ask you to fill out a form or prove your identity. In the majority of cases this will be provided free of charge, but we will charge if a medical report needs to be written up by a clinician. No information will be released without patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.
We plan to offer our patients the facility to view parts of their GP medical record via the same online account you can use to book appointments and order repeat medication. If you are not yet registered to use our online services, please come into the Practice with photo ID and an account will be created for you.
Summary Care Record
The Summary Care Record (SCR) is a Central NHS Computer System which holds an electronic record containing information your medicines and allergies, including any bad reactions to medicines.
Why do I need a Summary Care Record?
Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP Practice is closed. This information could make a difference to how a Doctor decides to care for you, such as which medicines they prescribe for you.
Who can see it?
Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.
Do I have to have one?
No, it is not compulsory. If you would like to opt-out of having a Summary Care Record, please come into the Practice or send us a completed opt-out form.
You can find out further information on the NHS Care records website