ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998
The Pound Hill Medical Group is committed to patient care. In order to fulfil our obligations it is necessary to record personal data about you. We ask for information about yourself 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.
Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. You may be receiving care from other people or organizations as well as the NHS. So that we can work together for your benefit we may need to share some information about you. Any one who receives information is under a legal obligation to keep it confidential. Sometimes the law requires us to pass on information – for example, to notify a birth.
We may need to share and pass on some information about you for the following reasons:-
• To ensure the continuity of your health care and treatment
• To help staff review the care they provide to make sure it is of the highest standard
• To carry out medical and other health research for the benefit of everyone (this practice takes part in medical/clinical research)
• To help educate and train tomorrow’s staff
• To look after the health of the public
• To manage and plan the NHS
• To investigate complaints or legal claims
Only if you agree, will your relatives, friends and carers be kept up to date with the progress of your medical care.
It is important to remember that the Data Protection Act and the Access to Health Records Act allow you to have access to computerized and written information about you.
If you would like to know more about what is done with your information, or if you specifically wish to withhold consent, then please contact the Practice Manager.