Confidentiality and Your Health Records

In the National Health Service, we aim to provide you with the highest quality of health care. Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. We may need to share some information about you so that we can all work together for your benefit. The Practice manages the confidentiality of your medical records in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

We will only ever use or pass on information about you if others involved in your care have a genuine need for it. We will not disclose your information to third parties without your written permission unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as when the health or safety of others is at risk or where the law requires information to be passed on. Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal obligation to keep it confidential.

​Please note that your medical records are also subject to inspection by the Primary Care Trust or its equivalent, for the purpose of financial audit, record validation and research. SHOULD YOU WISH YOUR RECORDS TO BE EXCLUDED FROM SUCH INSPECTION OR USE, PLEASE PUT THIS REQUEST IN WRITING TO THE PRACTICE MANAGER. Your Medical Records are confidential and details will not be passed to any unauthorised third party without your consent. This includes family members. You have a right to know what information we hold about you. If you would like to see your records, please request this in writing. We also require photographic ID on collection.