Freedom Of Information Act
The Freedom Of Information Act became law on the 30th November 2000. The practice conforms to the requirements of the Act and has produced a publication scheme in accordance with it. A copy of the Act is available on the Freedom of Information website: www.foi.nhs.uk
All our staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the doctors and nurses.
Data Protection Act
The practice is computerised and patients' details are held on computer. We are therefore, registered under the Data Protection Act 1998.
How we use your information
In line with the Department of Health Guidelines, the Caldicott report and the Data Protection Act we wish to advise you of how we handle information we hold about our patients. We ask for information so that you can receive proper care and treatment. This information is kept together with the 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; to plan for the future; to train staff; and account for actions taken. Sometimes the law requires us to pass on information; for example to notify birth.
The NHS Central Register for England & Wales contains basic personal information of all patients who are registered with a general practitioner. The register does not contain clinical information. You have a right to access your health records.
EVERYONE WORKING FOR THE NHS HAS A LEGAL DUTY TO KEEP INFORMATION ABOUT YOU CONFIDENTIAL.
You may be receiving care from other people as well as the NHS. So that we can all work together for your benefit, we may need to share some information about you. We only ever use or pass on information about you if people have a genuine need for it in your and everyone's interest. Whenever we can we shall remove details that identify you. The sharing of some types of very sensitive personal information is strictly controlled by law. Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential.
Everyone now has a named GP under the Doctors terms of service. Please ask at the surgery for your named GP.
Family and Friends Test
Should you wish to make comments about your care, either complimentary and, or, if you are not happy, please ask to complete a FFT Form , you can obtain this nfrom reception.